The U.S. has put a $10 million bounty on the head of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed in a pointed message to Pakistan, where Saeed is a free man.
The State Department also announced a reward of up to $2 million for information leading to the location of LeT’s second in command, Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki. Both are wanted in the 4-day-long terrorist assault on Mumbai in November 2008 that left 166 individuals dead, including six U.S. citizens.
“Saeed and his organization continue to spread ideology advocating terrorism, as well as virulent rhetoric condemning the United States, India, Israel, and other perceived enemies,” the State Department said.
India welcomed the news of the high bounty. Saeed addressed an anti-U.S. rally in Islamabad just last week.
The terror leader, who runs a charity front organization for the group, responded to the bounty on Al-Jazeera today.
“We are not hiding in caves for bounties to be set on finding us,” Saeed said. “I think the US is frustrated because we are taking out countrywide protests against the resumption of NATO supplies and drone strikes.
“I believe either the U.S. has very little knowledge and is basing its decisions on wrong information being provided by India, or they are just frustrated.”
LeT was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. in December 2001.