US Puts $10m Bounty on ISIS-K’s Leader

The US State Department has announced a $10 million bounty for information leading to the capture of Sanaullah Ghafari, the mysterious leader of the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) within Afghanistan.

The announcement was posted through “Rewards for Justice Program” and said that Ghafari, also known as “Shahab al-Muhajir,” was “responsible for approving all ISIS-K operations throughout Afghanistan,” implicating him in the suicide attack on the Kabul airport in August 2021 that killed thirteen US soldiers and over 200 Afghan civilians.

Ghafari was described by others within ISIS-K as an “experienced military leader” involved in the planning of the group’s complicated suicide attacks, according to the announcement.

In June 2020, ISIS core leadership appointed Ghafari, to be the leader of ISIS-K, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

“An ISIS communique announcing his appointment described Ghafari as an experienced military leader and one of ISIS-K’s urban lions in Kabul who has been involved in guerrilla operations and the planning of suicide and complex attacks,” according to the announcement.

Ghafari was born in 1994 in Afghanistan, and he is responsible for arranging funding to conduct operations across Afghanistan, it added.

On 27 August, the ISIS extremist group claimed responsibility for Kabul airport suicide bombings in which 13 US forces were killed and hundreds of Afghans were killed and wounded.


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