Saddam pledges reward for seizing US vehicles

President Saddam Hussein has promised to pay a reward to any Iraqi who seizes a military vehicle from the US-led invading forces.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2003 17:10 IST

President Saddam Hussein has promised to pay a reward to any Iraqi who seizes a military vehicle from the US-led invading forces seeking to topple him, state media said on Friday.

"President Saddam Hussein ordered that any national who captures vehicles from the enemy has to take them as war booty," the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported in an overnight dispatch.

Anyone who seizes invading vehicles is required "either to hand it over to the state or destroy it, and the state will pay him for it." INA did not give a figure.

Iraqi state television has shown a number of US and British vehicles abandoned in the desert of southern Iraq, where invading troops are meeting fierce resistance from Iraqi regular forces, militiamen and tribal fighters.

The Qatar-based Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera yesterday aired images of a US Apache helicopter and a pilot less reconnaissance drone said to have been shot down by anti-aircraft fire in the mid-Euphrates region, south of Baghdad.

The Pentagon acknowledged yesterday the loss of an Apache helicopter with two pilots aboard held by the Iraqis.

US forces later destroyed the downed helicopter to prevent confidential information from falling into Iraqi hands.

First Published: Mar 28, 2003 17:10 IST