United States offers $5M reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

11 March, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Under its rewards for justice program the US State Department announced a $5 million award for information leading to the arrest of Maulana Fazlullah

In December, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack that killed dozens of people at a Shia cultural center.

She also said Washington had not seen "decisive and sustained changes from Pakistan", which Afghan and USA officials have accused of supporting the Taliban.

Amin said the bomber detonated his explosive device at a checkpoint "after being identified by police".

A suicide bombing claimed by the hardliner Islamic State (IS) group in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday has left 10 people dead and 22 others injured, spokesman for Ministry of Public Health confirmed here.

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Friday's attack came less than two weeks after President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to join peace talks to end more than 16 years of the latest phase of Afghan war. "The perpetrators deserve strongest sentence", he said in a statement.

A resurgent Taliban has been blamed for much of the increased violence in Afghanistan since United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces concluded combat missions in 2014.

Local Hazara leader Mohammad Mohaqiq told the gathering that the explosion was an attempt to terrorize Afghans.

Most Hazaras are Shia Muslims, and Sunni militants consider all Shia heretics and urge followers to kill them.

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According to The Associated Press, the Taliban are believed responsible for "a deadly assault overnight on an army outpost in a remote region of Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing six soldiers and wounding five in a blistering hours-long attack, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said".

The Taliban also ambushed members of the local police who were sent to assist the soldiers, killing 10 policemen and wounding nine, provincial police spokesman Khali Aseir said.

Mujahid also claimed responsibility for that attack.

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