US offers $5 mn reward for Ilyas Kashmiri

Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, the commander of HuJI, is a key suspect in Mumbai terrorist attack.

Washington: The Obama administration is offering USD 5 million for information leading to the commander of what the US says is a terrorist group that supports al Qaeda.

The State Department says Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri leads the Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI). It says the group has launched several attacks in India and Pakistan, including a 2006 suicide bombing against the US Consulate in Karachi that killed four people. Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri is also a key suspect in the Mumbai terrorist attack.

A statement on Wednesday encouraged anyone with information about Kashmiri`s location to contact a US embassy or consulate, an American military commander or the US government`s "Rewards for Justice" office.

Kashmiri also is suspected in a 2009 attack on offices of Pakistan`s Inter-Services Intelligence and police in Lahore that killed 23 people and injured hundreds.

The group also has provided fighters for the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Bureau Report