On Friday, Afghanistan’s self-proclaimed “interim” president, Amrullah Saleh, said that the Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-K) has ties to the Taliban and the Haqqani network, particularly those operating in Kabul.
Saleh also criticized the Taliban for denying ties to ISIS, which is similar to Pakistan’s denial of Quetta Shura.
“All the evidence we have on hand shows that IS-K cells have their roots in the Talibs & Haqqani network, particularly those operating in Kabul. The Taliban denying ties to ISIS are identical/similar to Pakistan’s denial. In Quetta Shura. The Taliban have learned a lot of good from the teacher, “Saleh said in a tweet.
Previously, Saleh had blamed Pakistan for establishing factories and terrorist agencies that provide explosive materials to the Taliban to create chaos in Afghanistan and called Quetta Shura nothing more than a title for the Pakistani military to implement his plans.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack outside the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
In a message shared on its Amaq news agency, the group claims the blasts killed and injured about 160 people and includes a photo of a man who says he was a suicide bomber.
Afghan health officials gave varying estimates of the death toll at the capital’s Kabul International Airport, from 30 killed to more than 60, and 120 injured to 140. At the same time, a Taliban spokesman cited at least 13 civilians killed and 60 wounded, The New York Times reported.
The first explosion was reported at Abbey Gate at Kabul Airport, while the second occurred near the Baron Hotel.
US President Joe Biden said the US has reason to believe that the Islamic State-Khorasan terror group leaders are behind the attacks at the Kabul airport.