Mangal Bagh, head of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Islam was killed in an IED explosion on Thursday in Nangarhar province.
Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhel, Nangarhar Governor tweeted, that Mangal was killed in a bomb blast along with his two affiliated members.
Amarkhel added, that the group’s leader was killed in the Bandar Dara area of Achin district.
According to Nangarhar Governor, Bagh was involved in various “terrorist activities”, his group was reported to have been part of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan founded in the Khyber district of Pakistan.
Reports indicate the US had offered up to $3 million for any information that could lead to his detention.
ATN news quoted US statement that “His group earns revenue from drug trafficking, smuggling, kidnapping, raids on NATO convoys, and taxes on transit trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan,”
The Lashkar-e-Islam was led by Bagh since 2006.
This comes as the White House expresses outrage on the release of an Islamist convicted of kidnapping and decapitating, Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl in Pakistan.
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was acquitted by three judges, Whitehouse Spokeswoman, Jen Psaki called the decision “an affront to terror victims everywhere” and added that the US is “committed to securing justice for Daniel Pearl’s family”, ATN reported.
Psaki asked the Pakistani government to review legal options including letting the United States prosecute Daniel’s killer.