from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) -THE United States (US) has doubled the reward offered for the capture of the masterminds of the al-Qaida group suspected of bombing its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, where over 200 civilians were killed 20 years ago.
Among the 224 civilians killed in the capital cities of Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam respectively were 12 Americans.
Some 5 000 civilians were injured in the simultaneous bomb blasts.
The US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Programme has increasing reward offers for information leading to the location, arrest or conviction of al-Qaida key leaders, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and Sayf al-Adl, to $10 million (about R134 million) each.
Half that reward offer was announced in 2000.
Both individuals were charged by a federal grand jury in November 1998 for their role in the August 7, bombings the same year.
In 2001, Abdullah and al-Adl were added to the United Nations Security Council’s al-Qaida Sanctions List as well as the US Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals.
The Rewards for Justice Programme pays citizens who provide crucial information to help bring terrorists to justice or prevent acts of international terrorism worldwide.
More than $145 million (R1, 9 billion) has been paid out to more than 90 individuals since the inception of the scheme in 1984, under the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
– CAJ News