US announces $10 million bounty on 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed

Apr 03, 2012, 13:44 IST | Agencies

The US has announced a bounty of USD 10 million on outlawed Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks


This was stated by US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman while addressing a gathering at the American Centre here. 
She was replying to a question on what the US was doing to bring to justice those involved in terror attacks against India. Saeed, the founder of terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba, is on India's most wanted list. 

Jamaat ud Dawa (JD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. Photo: AFP

After the 26/11 attacks that left 166 people dead, India has asked Pakistan to hand Hafiz Saeed over. 
The listing for Saeed on the Rewards for Justice website describes him as a former professor of Arabic and Engineering who was a founding member of "Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a radical Deobandi Islamist organisation dedicated to installing Islamist rule over parts of India and Pakistan, and its military branch, Lashkar-e-Taiba".
Saeed has become one of only four terrorist leaders for whom the US has offered a bounty of USD 10 million, joining the likes of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar. 
The only person with a higher bounty on his head than these four terrorist leaders is Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, for whom the US has offered a reward of USD 25 million under its Rewards for Justice programme. 
Besides 61-year-old Saeed, the other terrorist leaders who carry a bounty of USD 10 million on their head are Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Du'a, one-eyed Mullah Omar and Yasin al-Suri alias Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, a senior Al-Qaeda facilitator based in Iran.
The US has also offered a USD two million bounty for Saeed's deputy Abdul Rahman Makki, who is described on the Rewards for Justice website as the "second in command" of the LeT.

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