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US announces $ 5 mn for info on Illyas Kashmiri

Press Trust Of India
Jun 04, 2011 at 02:01pm IST

Washington: United States has announced an reward of $ 5 million to anyone who provides information and helps in the arrest of Mohammad Illyas Kashmiri, a key suspect in the Mumbai terrorist attack.

The State department said Kashmiri is the commander of the terrorist organization Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI), which supports al-Qaeda, and launched several attacks in India and Pakistan.

HUJI is also believed to be behind the March 2006 suicide bombing at the US consulate in Karachi that killed four people, including US diplomat David Foy, and injured 48 others.

US announces $ 5 mn for info on Illyas Kashmiri

Mohammad Illyas Kashmiri is a key suspect in the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack.

In January 2010, a US federal grand jury indicted Kashmiri for terrorism-related offences in connection with a plot to attack the 'Jyllands-Posten' newspaper in Denmark, over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Last August US designated Kashmiri as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" and HUJI was labelled a "Foreign Terrorist Organisation."

Born in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 1964, Kashmiri is six feet tall and weighs about 90 kilogram, the State Department in a statement said.

He has black hair and brown eyes and has been seen with a thick beard dyed white, black, or red at various times.

He has lost sight in one eye, and often wears aviator-style sunglasses and missing an index finger too.

Kashmiri is also known by several aliases as, Muhammad Illyas Kashmiri, Elias al-Kashmiri, Illyas, Naib Amir, and Commando Commander.

"We encourage anyone with information on Mohammad Illyas Kashmiri's location to contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, any US 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," the State Department statement said.

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