Fata Voice News Agency
WASHINGTON: The State Department placed a $5 million reward for information on Pakistani Taliban leaders Mullah Fazlullah, Abdul Wali and Mangal Bagh in the latest U.S. effort to pressure militants in the South Asian nation.
The State Department said in a statement, that it is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information on Fazlullah, leader of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP),$3 million each for two other Islamic militants associated with the TTP: Abdul Wali, leader of Jamaat ul-Ahrar, and Mangal Bagh, the leader of Lashkar-e-Islam.
The announcement came a day after Fazlullah’s son was reported killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan.
Fazlullah is the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said to be responsible for numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani and U.S. interests including a failed attempt to detonate an explosive device in New York’s Times Square in 2010.
Fazlullah is also blamed for the 2012 shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafza now a Nobel peace laureate.