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Prince Harry is a 'jackal' who wants to 'kill innocent Afghans while drunk', says jihadist warlordGulbuddin Hekmatyar is the founder and leader of the Hezb-e Islami partyHis attack on Britain and Prince Harry comes as the Royal serves his second tour of duty in the war-torn country
Hekmatyar has been labelled a 'global terrorist' and 'war criminal'
02:02 GMT, 2 January 2013
02:02 GMT, 2 January 2013
An Afghan warlord has launched a scathing attack on Prince Harry – describing the Royal as a 'jackal' who is only interested in killing 'innocent Afghans while he is drunk'.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is listed as a global terrorist by the U.S., made the comments as Prince Harry spent Christmas in the war-torn country.
The Prince is currently on a four month long deployment to Afghanistan serving his second tour of duty as gunship co-pilot.
Scathing attack: Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, currently in hiding on the Afghan/Pakistan border, called Prince Harry a 'jackal' who only wants to 'kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk'
Hekmatyar criticised the Royal as he mocked Britain's involvement in the 'cruel conflict' to please 'American generals'.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, he said: 'The British Prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk. He wants to hunt down Mujaheddin with his helicopter rockets without any shame.
'But he does not understand this simple fact that the hunting of Afghan lions and eagles is not that easy! Jackals cannot hunt lions.'
The warlord – who is the founder and leader of the Hezb-e Islami political party and paramilitary group – also referenced the attack on the base where Harry was stationed in October.
Speaking from his hideaway on the Afghan/Pakistan border, he added: 'During the Mujaheddin attack on the American base the Prince saw that he was the one about to be hunted and was searching for a hole in which to hide himself.'
Bleak warning: Former Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, founder and leader of the Hezb-e Islami political party, also warned that Afghanistan risks descending into chaos after the withdrawal of British troops
Two American Marines were killed in the attack before Western soldiers led by British troops killed 18 of the attackers and took one prisoner.
The Taliban rushed to claim a propaganda victory, saying that Prince Harry, who is an Apache helicopter pilot based at Bastion, was the intended victim of the attack.
Qari Youssef Ahmadi, the Taliban’s spokesman, said: 'We attacked that base because Prince Harry was also on it and so they can know our anger. Thousands more suicide attackers are ready to give up their lives for the sake of the Prophet.'
Hekmatyar , who has been labelled a 'war criminal' by President Hamid Karzai's government in Kabul, has already seen Afghanistan torn apart by fighting after playing an important role during the civil war. But his co-operation and the involvement of his political party is still seen as vital to ensure the acceptance of a new democratically-elected government.
But while Hekmatyar has called for a 'peaceful transition of the government' to democracy, he warned that the country faced plunging into anarchy following the withdrawal of British troops in 2014.
He remarked that the current situation in Afghanistan resembles the time shortly before the withdrawal of Soviet soldiers in the 1980s.
But while he insisted the country may be plunged into chaos following British troops leaving the country, he also insisted withdrawal of 'all foreign forces' before his party would participate in the 2014 presidential elections.
Insulting: Hekmatyar also accused Prince Harry of 'hiding in a hole' when his base was attacked in October