Tuesday, June 4, 2013

US offers multi-million dollar rewards for capture of African militants

A U.S. State Department initiative that has yielded valuable intelligence by paying out large sums of money has set its sights on terror groups in North and West Africa.

For the first time, the Rewards for Justice program is offering rewards for information on the leaders of three notorious groups: al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA); and the groups known as the Signed-in-Blood Battalion and Boko Haram.

The highest sum is reserved for Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau: Up to $7 million.