$5 mn reward announced each for TTP's Mehsud, Rehman
The United States has offered rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of top two leaders of Pakistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman.Updated: Sep 02, 2010 11:23 IST
The United States has offered rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of top two leaders of Pakistan-based Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman.
The announcement came soon after the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and its chief Hakimullah Mehsud and his deputy Wali Ur Rehman were declared as foreign terrorist outfits by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and arrest warrants issued against them by the Justice Department.
"Under their direction, the terrorist organisation Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, launched a suicide bombing
at a US military base in Afghanistan, attacked the US Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, and planned the failed
bombing in New York City's Time Square," said Robert Hartung, Assistant Director of the Threat Investigations and Analysis Directorate in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
"In Southern Asia, Mr Mehsud and Mr Rehman have planned and organised the killing of citizens from both the
United States and Pakistan," he told reporters at a special news conference.
"These individuals are dedicated terrorists, and they are attempting to extend their bloody reach into the American
homeland. They are a danger to the interests of the United States, to its facilities and its citizens," he said.
"For that reason, we urge anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr Mehsud or Mr Rehman to contact the
rewards for Justice Program, a US Embassy or US Consulate or a US military commander immediately," Hartung said.
In a statement later, the State Department said Mehsud since becoming leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in August
2009, has organised and directed several TTP attacks against US personnel and interests in and beyond the region.
He has been charged in a federal court with conspiracy to murder an US national while outside of America and with
conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against a US national while outside of the United States.
The charges stem from an FBI investigation into the December 30, 2009 suicide bomb attack on Forward Operating
Base Chapman in Afghanistan that left seven US citizens dead.
In April 2010, Mehsud's operatives used an explosives-laden truck, machine guns and rocket launchers in an attack on
the US Consulate in Peshawar that killed six Pakistanis and wounded 20 others.
On May 1, this year Pakistan-born naturalised US citizen Faisal Shahzad trained by the TTP unsuccessfully
attempted to detonate a vehicle bomb in Times Square.
A day after that attack, the group released a video claiming responsibility for the attempted bombing.
On May 3, Mehsud appeared in another video message warning that the TTP would launch more attacks inside the
United States, it said.