KABUL - The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday condemned the killing of a senior Haqqani network leader but said his death would not have any impact on the militants’ campaign of violence. Unidentified gunmen gunned down Nasiruddin Haqqani, eldest son of the group’s founder, as he bought bread on the edge of Islamabad on Sunday evening. Haqqani was the chief financier of the Haqqani militant network which is affiliated with Afghan Taliban and are the most feared group fighting US-led and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

“We condemn the cowardly act of the defeated enemy and tell them that these kinds of terrorist actions will not have any negative impact on the current jihadi activities,” the Taliban said in a statement. “His death is a big loss for Islamic Emirate and all Afghanistan,” it said.