US Offers $10 Million Bounty for 2008 Mumbai Terror Suspect

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 3:15 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is offering a bounty of up to $10 million for the Pakistani man accused of masterminding the deadly 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The State Department's “Rewards for Justice” website on Tuesday announced the reward for information leading to Hafiz Mohammad Saeed's capture and conviction.

Saeed is the founding member of the Pakistani-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is suspected of carrying out several terrorist attacks on Indian soil.

The November 2008 terrorist attack on India's financial hub killed 166 people, including six Americans.

India has long accused Lashkar-e-Taiba of carrying out the attack, with the help of Pakistan's military and spy agency.

India's Ministry of External Affairs says the government welcomes the U.S. bounty on Saeed, who is one of India's most wanted fugitives.

The ministry statement said the move reflects the commitment of India and the U.S. to bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to justice and sends a “strong signal” to Lashkar-e-Taiba that the international community remains united in combating terrorism.

But the move could upset some in Pakistan, where Saeed is allowed to operate openly, sometimes appearing on television shows and giving public speeches. While Lashkar-e-Taiba is officially banned in Pakistan, some analysts say Islamabad has done little to crack down on its activities.

U.S. officials have also announced a $2 million bounty for the group's deputy leader, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki.

Lashkar-e-Taiba is officially designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States.