US offers reward for information on HIG terrorists
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information on two associates of the extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), a statement posted on the US Department of State website said.
The Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Abdul Saboor and up to $2 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Abdullah Nowbahar.
HIG is an offshoot of Hezb-e Islami (“Party of Islam”), a political and paramilitary organization in Afghanistan founded in 1976 by Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. HIG has espoused virulently anti-US ideologies, and supports making Afghanistan an Islamic state rooted in sharia (Islamic law), the statement added.
It said that Abdul Saboor is an explosives expert associated with HIG who is responsible for the May 16, 2013 suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, which destroyed a US armored vehicle. The attack killed two US soldiers, four US civilian contractors, and eight Afghans—including two children, and wounded at least 37 others.
Saboor and HIG explosives expert Abdullah Nowbahar were key participants in the September 18, 2012 SVBIED attack against a bus carrying foreign employees of a firm that provided aviation services to the US Embassy in Kabul. More than a dozen people were killed and nearly a dozen more were injured in the attack, it added.
The Rewards for Justice program is administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $125 million to more than 80 people who provided actionable information that put terrorists behind bars or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide, the statement added.
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