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US announces $5M reward for information on Pak Taliban leader

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US today announced a USD 5 million award for information leading to the arrest of Afghanistan-based Maulana Fazlullah, of Tehrik-e-(TTP), an outfit which carries out terrorist attacks inside

Under its rewards for justice program, the US also announced a USD 3 million reward each for information on Abdul Wali, of (JuA), and of Lashkar-e-Islam.

is a terrorist organization that split away from while the Lashkar-e-Islam is based in the Khyber Tribal Agency in

The announcement came as the Pakistani held meetings with officials of the including the and the State Department.

The State Department said is a terrorist organization based in the tribal areas of eastern It has historically maintained close ties to al-Qaida.

Since being appointed by the group's central in November 2013, has organized and directed several attacks against Pakistani interests and has publicly blamed the US for military operations against the group.

In December 2014, Fazlullah's operatives carried out the most lethal terrorist attack in Pakistani history when its operatives killed 151 people, including more than 130 children, during an attack against the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.

In 2012, ordered the failed assassination of Pakistani schoolgirl who promoted girls' right to education and publicly criticized and the TTP, the State Department said.

reportedly operates from Afghanistan's Nangarhar and Kunar Provinces. Under Wali's leadership, JuA has been one of the most operationally active TTP networks in Province and has claimed multiple suicide bombings and other attacks throughout Pakistan.

In March 2016, JuA conducted a suicide bombing at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed 75 people and injured 340. In August 2015, JuA claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in that killed Home Minister and 18 of his supporters.

Wali is also known as He was born in Mohmand Agency, Pakistan, and is believed to be in his late 30s. He is a former and studied at a number of madrasas in

According to the State Department, and his group earns revenue from drug trafficking, smuggling, kidnapping, raids on NATO convoys, and taxes on transit trade between Pakistan and

Bagh has led Lashkar-e-Islam since 2006 and has routinely shifted alliances to protect illicit revenue streams while enforcing an extreme version of Deobandi Islam in the areas of eastern and that he controls, particularly Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.

Born in Khyber Agency, Pakistan, he is believed to be in his mid-40s. Bagh is a member of the Afridi tribe. He studied at a madrasa for several years and later fought alongside militant groups in Afghanistan.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 08:50 IST