PESHAWAR: A fugitive militant chief from Pakistan who carried a $3 million U.S. bounty for alleged terrorist actions was killed by a roadside bomb in neighboring Afghanistan together with two associates, an Afghan official stated Friday.
The commander, Manghal Bagh, led an outlawed militant group referred to as Lashkar-e-Islam, or Army of Islam. The group had regularly focused Pakistani troops in the nation’s northwest bordering Afghanistan till the mid-2010s, when Pakistan cleared the area of militants.
Bagh had been on the run till his loss of life Thursday in Afghanistan’s jap Nangarhar province, which was introduced by provincial governor Ziaulhaq Amarkhil in a short assertion on Twitter. Amarkhil didn’t say who was accountable for the roadside bomb that killed Bagh and his two companions, however stated the militant chief had been concerned in assaults in Afghanistan.
Washington introduced the bounty for Bagh in 2018 over his alleged terrorist actions.
Bagh and his group had a robust presence in northwest Pakistan’s Tirah Valley till navy operations cleared the mountainous area of militants, together with the Pakistani Taliban, remnants of al-Qaida and different teams. Since then, it was believed that Bagh was hiding in neighboring Afghanistan.
Northwest Pakistan nonetheless sees sporadic assaults, primarily concentrating on safety forces. Earlier this month, Pakistan’s navy stated it had almost accomplished a fence alongside the border with Afghanistan, which it says is critical to forestall militant assaults from each side of the two,611-kilometer (1,622-mile) border, referred to as the Durand Line.
Afghanistan has by no means acknowledged the border, which runs by way of the Pashtun heartland, diluting the ability of Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group on each side.