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The Taliban have promised plots of land to relatives of suicide bombers who attacked US and Afghan soldiers, in a provocative move that appears to run counter to their efforts to solicit international support.
Taliban Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani presented the award to dozens of family members of suicide bombers gathered in a Kabul hotel, Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed tweeted on Tuesday. Khosty.Addressing the rally on Monday evening, Haqqani praised the sacrifices of “martyrs and fedayeen,” referring to fighters killed in suicide bombings, Khosty tweeted. Haqqani called them “heroes of Islam and the country”, according to the spokesperson. At the end of the meeting, he distributed 10,000 afghanis (CAN $ 138) per family and promised each a piece of land.
Khosty posted pictures of Haqqani, face blurred, embracing loved ones in a crowded auditorium.
The event comes as the Taliban attempt to open diplomatic channels with an international community largely reluctant to officially recognize their dominance in Afghanistan. High-profile Taliban meetings with foreign officials have focused on securing aid to impoverished Afghans, as the UN predicts nearly all of the population will fall into poverty due to a severe economic crisis.
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