The United States has offered a $10-million reward for information leading to the “identification or location” of the leader of the Afghanistan regional chapter of the ISIS group known as ISIS-K.
The reward offered by the US State Department was also for any information that would help in arresting or convicting those responsible for the “terrorist attack at the Kabul airport” on August 26, which was claimed by the ISIS-Khorasan (IS-K).
The terrorist attack killed more than 100 people including 13 American soldiers, and was launched as the United States orchestrated its chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan .
According to the US, Sanaullah Ghafari — also known as Shahab al-Muhajir — was appointed head of ISIS-K in June 2020 by the ISIS group.
ISIS-K is the Afghan offshoot of ISIS, which originated in Iraq and Syria.
“Ghafari is responsible for approving all ISIS-K operations throughout Afghanistan and arranging funding to conduct operations,” the State Department said in a statement.
He had been blacklisted in November as a foreign terrorist.
He is rumored to have been an Al-Qaeda commander or a former member of the Haqqani network, one of the most powerful and feared factions of the Taliban.
ISIS-K has been responsible for some of the deadliest attacks in the region in recent years, massacring civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan, at mosques, shrines, public squares and hospitals.