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Father of the Taliban ‘Maulana Samiul Haq’ killed in knife attack

Father of the Taliban Maulana Samiul Haq killed in knife attack

Muslim cleric Sami ul-Haq, known as the “Father of the Taliban” for having taught some of the Afghan Islamist movement’s leaders, was shot dead on Friday in a Pakistani city.

Unknown attackers shot the prominent cleric, who runs an Islamic school in northwestern Pakistan, his deputy Yousaf Sha and nephew said.

The cleric’s son said his father was stabbed “multiple times” in the house he owned in Rawalpindi.

“He was resting in his room during Asr time when his driver-cum-guard went out for 15 minutes,” Maulana Hamid ul-Haq was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s Geo TV.

“When he returned, he found Maulana Sami ul-Haq dead in his bed and his body covered in blood.”

Meanwhile, Haq’s nephew Mohammad Bilal told Reuters his uncle was found with stabbing and gunshot wounds in his house on Islamabad’s outskirts.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack.

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