Pak Taliban confirms American consulate bombing mastermind's death

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Lahore, Mar.3 (ANI): The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has admitted that top militant commander Qari Zafar, who was wanted in the 2006 bombing of the US Consulate in Karachi, was killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan.

In its statement, the TTP said Zafar, the acting chief of the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, died in a drone strike in the Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan on February 24.

Describing Zafar as a 'martyr', the Taliban vowed to avenge his death.

"The mujahideen will soon take revenge against the Pakistani government for Zafar's death," The Dailly Times quoted the statement, as saying.

Qari Zafar was reportedly working in coordination with TTP's key commander Qari Hussain Mehsud, better known as Ustad-e-Fidayeen and a first cousin of Baitullah Mehsud.

Zafar had a bounty of 5 million dollars and was detained due to his involvement in attacks on former president Pervez Musharraf, the American consulate and other terrorist attacks but ran away from the custody of Punjab's Special Investigation Unit in October 2007.

Intelligence sources said Zafar was the mastermind of several high profile attacks, including the one of a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) office in Model Town Lahore, Marriot Hotel, the FIA building and American consulate in Karachi. (ANI)

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