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IT IS feared that the Taliban’s self-proclaimed head of security at Kabul airport has helped the bomber to cause the devastating explosion which killed at least 169 people.

Al-Qaeda terrorist Khalil Haqqani, who has links to ISIS-K, is one of America’s most wanted with a $5million bounty on his head.

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It is feared that Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani has helped the bomber of the Kabul airportCredit: Rex
He is one of America's most wanted terrorists

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He is one of America’s most wanted terroristsCredit: Rex

The Haqqani network has been blamed for some of the deadliest terror attacks across the world in recent years.

They have been designated a foreign terrorist group by the United States – and the jihadists are also under United Nations sanctions.

But despite being a part of the Taliban, experts believe the group is autonomous thanks to their reputation.

They are expected to be powerful players in the new regime following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan casting doubts on the group’s pledge not to harbour terrorists.

Last week Haqqani was spotted leading prayers for Taliban fighters at a mosque despite the $5million bounty on his head.

According to the New York Times, Haqqani told the crowd: “Our first priority for Afghanistan is security. If there is no security, there is no life.

“We will give security, then we will give economy, trade, education for men and women. There will be no discrimination.”

The fearsome group was formed by his brother, Jalaluddin Haqqani, who gained prominence in the 1980s as a hero of the anti-Soviet jihad.

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