• US offers $5M reward for Pakistan Taliban leader

    By: MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department has offered a $5 million reward for information on Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in the latest U.S. effort to pressure militants in the South Asian nation.

    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 Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye), now a Nobel peace laureate.

    Additionally, the department offered Thursday $3 million each for information on two other Pakistani militant leaders, Abdul Wali and Mangal Bagh.

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