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  • US Offers $10 Million for Lashkar-e-Taiba Head

    Source: US State Department
    Rewards for Justice - Lashkar-e-Tayyiba Leaders Reward Offers

    Media Note
    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC
    April 3, 2012

    The U.S. Department of State has authorized a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and a reward of up to $2 million for information leading to the location of LeT’s second in command, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki.

    Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is the founder of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, which was designated by the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on December 20, 2001. Saeed participated in the planning of the 4-day-long terrorist assault on Mumbai in November 2008 that left 166 individuals dead, including six U.S. citizens. Saeed and his organization continue to spread ideology advocating terrorism, as well as virulent rhetoric condemning the United States, India, Israel, and other perceived enemies.

    On December 10, 2008, Saeed was listed at the UN 1267/1989 al-Qa’ida Sanctions Committee as an individual associated with the al-Qaida terrorist organization and, thus, subject to international sanctions. Saeed was born on June 5, 1950 in Punjab province, Pakistan. He has red hair and brown eyes and currently resides in Lahore, Pakistan.

    Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki is Saeed’s deputy and head of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba’s political affairs department. Makki previously served as head of LeT's foreign relations department and has helped raise funds for LeT.

    In early 2007, he provided approximately $248,000 to an LeT terrorist training camp and approximately $165,000 to an LeT-affiliated madrassa. On November 4, 2010, the U.S. Treasury Department designated him a “Specially Designated National,” which subjects him to U.S. sanctions. Makki was born around 1948 in Punjab province, Pakistan. He has a dark beard, is balding, and wears glasses.

    Information about Saeed and Makki is located on the Rewards for Justice web site at www.rewardsforjustice.net/saeed and www.rewardsforjustice.net/makki. We encourage anyone with information on these individuals to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, any U.S. military commander, or the Rewards for Justice office via the website (www.rewardsforjustice.net), e-mail (RFJ@state.gov) or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, DC 20520-0303, USA). All information will be kept strictly confidential.

    Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid more than $100 million to more than 70 persons who provided actionable information that put terrorists behind bars or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide.
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