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US declares $5 million bounty on 26/11 mastermind Sajid Mir

Despite being on the wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Sajid Mir, the mastermind of 26/11 still roams freely after 12 years with the help of Pakistan. The US State Department has now offered a reward of USD 5 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sajid Mir. Mir, the key operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba was added to the most wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2019. Mir was also responsible for planning and executing the Denmark bombing which was codenamed as Mickey Mouse. The name referred to the publishing of Prophet cartoons in a Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

According to an official statement issued by the US Rewards for Justice program, Sajid Mir, a senior member of the Pakistan-based foreign terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, is wanted for his involvement in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. The Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of Sajid Mir for his role in these attacks.

The department said Mir was indicted in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (Chicago, Illinois) on April 21, 2011, and was charged with providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to injure the property of a foreign government, the bombing of places of public use and aiding and abetting the killing of a citizen outside of the US. According to the indictment, Mir had ordered the attackers to kill hostages, throw grenades, set fires and also sought the release of a hostage in exchange for the release of a captured terrorist.

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The 26/11 attack took place on November 26, 2008, in Mumbai’s ten key locations including Taj Mahal Hotel, the Oberoi Hotel, the Leopold Cafe, the Nariman (Chabad) House, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, killing 166 people people of different nationalities and wounding more than 300. Not only India, Mir is responsible for carrying out attacks in US, Australia, France, Denmark and the UK.

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