Afghans say top Haqqani leader killed in US drone strike

KABUL - Afghanistan said on Sunday it believed that a top commander of the militant Haqqani insurgent network had been killed in a US drone strike, citing intelligence reports that it said countered Afghan Taliban claims that Badruddin Haqqani was still alive.
Haqqani, who was head of operations and ran the network's vital business interests, was thought to have been killed during the strike this week in Pakistan's tribal North Waziristan, both Afghanistan's Interior Ministry and national spy agency said.
"The elimination of Badruddin Haqqani will deal a major blow and serious setback to the Haqqani Network," Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.