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Sunday, 10 May 2015

US Places N1.4bn Reward On Shekau's 'Head'

The United States is still maintaining the $7 million (N1.4 billion) bounty it placed on the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau.

The leader of Boko Haram is one of the 71 most-wanted terrorists in the world. The US Department of State on Wednesday issued a full list of terrorists with bounties totalling $375m (N74.6bn) as “rewards for information that leads to (their) arrest or conviction.”

Rewards for Justice, a State Department anti-terrorism programme, had first offered the amount as a reward in June 2013 to those with information on the whereabouts of the Boko Haram leader .

The President Barack Obama-led administration in the new list placed a whopping $25 million, the single largest bounty, on Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.

Al-Zawahiri is suspected to have played a role in the bombing of the US embassies in 1998.

Four Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists appeared on the list with a total of $20 million bounty on them: Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli ($7 million); IS’s official spokesman, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani ($5 million); Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili alias ‘Omar the Chechen’ ($5 million); and Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-’Awni al-Harzi ($3 million).

A $7 million bounty was placed on Shekau and two other terrorists – a senior leader of al-Qaeda in Iran, Muhsin al-Fadhli; and Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli.

Forty six terrorists had $5 million placed on each of them. Eleven terrorists, including only two women on the list, have a $3 million on each of them. The women, Zerrin Sari and Seher Demir Sen, are members of a Turkish military/political party and the terrorist group, Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front.

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