Abubakar Shekau - Up to $7 Million Reward
Abubakar Shekau is the leader of Jama’atu Ahl as-Sunnah il-Da’awati wal-Jihad, more commonly known as Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden,” is a Nigeria-based terrorist organization that seeks to overthrow the current Nigerian government and replace it with a regime based on Islamic law. The group has existed in various forms since the late 1990s. There are reported communications, training, and weapons links between Boko Haram, al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Shabaab, and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which may strengthen Boko Haram’s capacity to conduct terrorist attacks. ... (full story).
Mokhtar Belmokhtar - Up to $5 Million Reward
Mokhtar Belmokhtar is the leader and the founder of the Signed-in-Blood Battalion. Under Belmokhtar’s command, the Battalion conducted a deadly attack in January 2013 on a gas facility in In-Amenas, Algeria. At least 37 hostages—including American citizens Frederick Buttacio, Victor Lynn Lovelady, and Gordon Lee Rowan—were killed in the four-day siege of the complex.... (full story).
Yahya Abu el Hammam - Up to $5 Million Reward
Yahya Abu el Hammam serves as a senior leader of al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), planning operations and kidnapping Westerners in North and West Africa. Hammam has played a key role in perpetuating AQIM’s terrorist activities in West Africa and Mali, and participated in several AQIM terrorist attacks in Mauritania. In July 2010, Hammam was reportedly involved in the killing of a seventy-eight year old French hostage in Niger. In 2006, Hammam was sentenced to death in absentia by Algerian authorities for terrorism-related charges. Hammam was designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury pursuant to Executive Order 13224 on February 14, 2013. Hammam was also listed by the United Nations al-Qaida Sanctions Committee on February 5, 2013.
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Malik Abou Abdelkarim - Up to $3 Million Reward
Malik Abou Abdelkarim is a senior leader of a company of fighters within the terrorist group, al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Under Abdelkarim’s command, his company has acquired weapons and conducted kidnappings and small-scale terrorist attacks in North and West Africa. Abdelkarim was reportedly responsible for killing a seventy-eight year old French hostage in Niger in July 2010. An attack in June 2010 carried out by Abdelkarim’s company resulted in the death of 11 Algerian gendarmes.... (full story).
Oumar Ould Hamaha - Up to $3 Million Reward
Oumar Ould Hamaha, previously a member of al-Qaida in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), is now the spokesperson for the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA), an AQIM offshoot group. As a member of AQIM, Hamaha participated in kidnappings of foreigners for ransom, including the kidnapping of Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler from Niamey, Niger, in December 2008. Hamaha has also made threats against Westerners in Mali and has been associated with the abduction of Europeans in the region.
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