Mangal Bagh

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

Bagh was 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]

References[edit]

  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.