Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader killed

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 16 (UPI) -- A militant commander with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was killed when he accidentally triggered a blast from an improvised explosive device, insurgents said in Pakistan.

LeJ commander Qari Zafar was killed in North Waziristan when he set off a bomb in his guest house.


"He was actually searching for some materials and suddenly touched wires that triggered the blast in the IEDs stored there," a LeJ source told Pakistani newspaper The News on condition of anonymity. "He and a child belonging to his relatives died on the spot while two bodyguards sustained serious injuries."

The source ruled out claims that the explosion was linked to an assassination plot on the insurgent commander.

Zafar was thought to have been killed in a February drone attack launched by the U.S. military, though Pakistani officials said he wasn't present at the home hit by the missile strike.

Authorities said they believe Zafar was linked to the March 2006 attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi and a September 2008 attack on a Marriot hotel in Islamabad that killed 50 people.

Taliban source told The News that LeJ leaders were having a conference in North Waziristan to find a replacement for Zafar.


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