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Sunday, 10 May 2015
Most Wanted Terrorists In The World: United States Maintain $7m (N1.4bn) Bounty On Abubakar Shekau
The United States is still maintaining the $7 million (N1.4 billion) bounty it placed on the leader of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
The US Department of State on Wednesday issued a list of 71 most-wanted terrorists in the world with bounties totalling $375m (N74.6bn) as “rewards for information that leads to (their) arrest or conviction.”
Rewards for Justice, a State Department’s anti-terrorism programme, had first offered the amount as a reward to persons with information on the whereabouts of the Boko Haram leader in June 2013.
The President Barack Obama-led administration, in the fresh list, placed a whopping $25 million, the single largest bounty, on Ayman al-Zawahiri, suspected to be one of the doctors and advisors to Osama bin Laden, the late leader of al-Qaeda.
Al-Zawahiri is suspected to have played a role in bombing of the US embassy in 1998.
Four Islamic State terrorists appeared on the list with a total of $20 million bounty on them.
They were 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 senior leader of the IS, Abu Du’a alias Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi; and al-Zawahiri’s deputy and self-proclaimed leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasir al-Wahishi, and four others had $10 million bounty placed on each of them.
Shekau was among the three with $7 million bounty. Others were 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. They include a founder of Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin and a senior leader in al-Shabaab, Ibrahim Haji Jama; an expert in chemical weapons and explosives in al-Qaeda, Ali Sayyid Muhamed Mustafa al-Bakri; and the Operational Commander of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Othman al-Ghamdi.
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.
The second in command of a radical Ahl-e-Hadith Islamist organisation, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki; and an explosives expert in the Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin group, Abdullah Nowbahar, have a $2 million bounty on each of them.
With a $1 million bounty each were a senior leader of the Abu Sayyaf group based in Philippines, Radullan Sahiron; and an explosives expert in the Abu Sayyaf and the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organisations, both in the Philippines, Abdul Basit Usman.