Former Jihadi Leader Challenges the Taliban Position on Suicide Attacks

by Shaker Rasa and Imtiaz Popat

Kabul – As Taliban authorities pledged to step up security at Shia mosques after the second Islamic State attack, former Jihadi leader, Abdulrabb Rasul Sayyaf, in response to the suicide attacks on worshipers in Kandahar has put into controversy the recent statements of the Taliban regarding the IS-KP attacks.

On Saturday, October 16, Sayyaf addressed the Taliban on his Facebook page that using the Sharia law for personal interests is a crime.

Abdulrabb Rasul has asked the Taliban to express their opinion about these attacks, and are their views changed regarding suicide attacks or not?

“Are suicide training camps closed or are they still training people?”, Sayyaf also added.

The Jihadi leader asked these questions while the Taliban has described the recent suicide attacks of the IS-KP in Kandahar and Kunduz as atrocity crime.

Earlier, the Taliban had previously authorized suicide attacks.

Lately, the Taliban has placed security sections under the name of “suicide” or “Mansouri” to secure borders in the northern areas.

It is worth mentioning that the suicide attacks on Bibi Fatima Mosque in Kandahar killed 62 and injured 60 others.

The Islamic State in Khorasan Province (IS-KP) claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Taliban has previously said that they would identify, and punish the perpetrators.

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