DOJ files criminal charges against Pakistan Taliban leader

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that it has charged Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimulla Mehsud in connection with the December 30 attack on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Afghan outpost Camp Chapman that left nine people dead. Mehsud identifies himself as the head of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a Pakistan-based terrorist cell affiliated with the Afghan Taliban. The filing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, charges Mehsud with conspiracy to murder US citizens abroad and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against US citizens abroad.

Also Wednesday, the US State Department (DOS)  announced that it has declared the TTP a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The DOS also announced a $5 million bounty for information leading to the capture of Mehsud.

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