By Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani militant commander, Qari Zafar, who was allegedly involved in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi on March 2, 2002, was killed by an explosive in North Waziristan a few days ago.
The United States had announced $5 million award for his capture. Zafar belonged to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and was wanted by the government for several terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including masterminding the Marriott Hotel bombing.
His close aides confirmed he was killed as he touched some explosives dumped inside his guesthouse. Militant sources said a meeting of Punjabi Taliban was in progress in North Waziristan to choose his replacement.