USA offers $5M reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

Katrina Barker
March 11, 2018

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Kabul has seen a spate of deadly attacks carried out by both the Taliban and Daesh (ISIL, also known as ISIS) terrorist group in recent months.

Fazlullah is known for training suicide bombers, and was the target of a US drone strike that killed over 20 militants on Wednesday.

At least one policeman and six civilians were among the dead and 15 civilians wounded in the Mosalla-e-Mazari area of Kabul, Najib Danesh, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

Shah Shir Azara, a security marshal at the site, said 13 people had been killed. In January, a Taliban attacker drove an explosives-laden ambulance into the heart of the capital, killing more than 100 people and wounding as many as 235.

The State Department has offered a $5 million reward for information on Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in the latest US effort to pressure militants in the South Asian nation.

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

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.

"We are grieved at the loss of precious lives in the brutal attack of terrorism", said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad.

Afghan officials investigate the site of a suicide bomb attack near a Shi'ite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan March 9, 2018.

The death toll has risen to nine, Waheed Majroh, spokesman for the Health Ministry said.

On Thursday night, Taliban fighters attacked a joint army and police outpost in the northern province of Takhar, killing seven soldiers and 10 policemen, according to Khalil Aseer, a provincial police spokesman.

Mujahid also claimed responsibility for that attack.

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