U.S. offers $5M reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

U.S. offers $5M reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

A resurgent Taliban has been blamed for much of the increased violence in Afghanistan since United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces concluded combat missions in 2014.

Afghan officials gave a wide range of figures for the number of casualties: a security source told AFP 13 people were killed and more than 30 wounded.

According to Basir Mujahid, spokesperson for the Kabul police chief, the bomber was on foot and was trying to strike a gathering of Hazaras who were commemorating the 1995 death of their leader, Abdul Ali Mazari, killed at the hands of the Taliban.

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

Fazlullah is the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said to be responsible for numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani and USA interests including a failed attempt to detonate an explosive device in New York's Times Square in 2010.

The spokesman for the Health Ministry, Wahid Majro, said several of the wounded were in critical condition and he feared that the death toll could rise.

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President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani called the attack a crime against humanity.

In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked an army outpost overnight in an hourslong firefight and ambushed policemen sent to help the troops, killing six soldiers and 10 policemen.

He said tens of thousands of Afghans are killed and injured every year in confrontations between the Taliban and government forces. The report could not be independently confirmed because of the area's remoteness.

"Suicide attacks are a part of our daily life that we see but can't do anything about", said Hayad, who uses only one name, and is a resident of the Hazara neighbourhood where the explosion took place.

Information for this article was contributed by Maamoun Youssef and Kathy Gannon of The Associated Press.

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