Mangal Bagh

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Mangal Bagh (born 1973),[1] also known as Mangal Bagh Afridi, is the leader (and according to some reports, founder) of Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant organization operating in Khyber Agency, Pakistan. Several Pakistani newspapers have referred to him by title as Haji Amir Mangal Bagh.[2] He is from the Bara tehsil, and belongs to the Sepah Afridi tribe.[1]

Bagh is said to be a successor of Mufti Munir Shakir, a Deobandi cleric who established a pirate radio ministry in Khyber Agency in 2004 after being ejected from Kurram Agency by tribal elders for inciting sectarian hostility. When Shakir was ejected from Khyber Agency, he turned over his radio station to Bagh, a local driver, and Bagh then formed the militant group Lashkar-e-Islam.[3] Mangal Bagh was originally believed to have been killed in a drone attack on 22 July 2016 in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.[4] However, in May 2017, Inter-Services Public Relations tacitly admitted that reports of Bagh's death were false when they announced that Pakistani forces conducted an operation in Khyber Agency, killing several militants after receiving a tip-off relating to the presence of Bagh.[5]


  1. ^ a b Zaidi, Syed Manzar Abbas (2008-11-01). "A Profile of Mangal Bagh" (PDF). The Long War Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Mir, Amir (Nov 2, 2011). "Khyber's new fanatical face under attack". Asia Times Online. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Sonya Fatah FM Mullahs Columbia Journalism Review August 2006 Archived September 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Mangal Bagh 'is dead'". 25 July 2016. 
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