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Yemen: Interior ministry offers reward for information on terrorists

By Mohammed Jamjoom, CNN
  • Yemen is offering rewards for information on the whereabouts of alleged terrorists
  • The government announced rewards for two wanted men on Wednesday

(CNN) -- Yemen's Interior Ministry offered a reward of 10 million Yemeni riyals (about U.S. $50,000) Wednesday for information identifying the whereabouts of two wanted terrorists, according to Yemen's official news agency.

The Interior Ministry identified the wanted terrorists as Turky Saad Mohamed Qalis al-Shahrani and Ahmed Abdul Aziz Jassere al-Jasser, and "urged all citizens to cooperate with the security services through providing any information about the two terrorists or other terrorist elements," the Saba news agency said.

Last week, Yemen's Interior Ministry offered a reward of 20 million Yemeni riyal (about U.S. $100,000) for information leading to the capture of eight suspected members of al Qaeda in Yemen.

Last week also saw the release of an audio recording purported to be from Qassim al-Rimi (also known as Abu Hurira al-Sanaei), the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, that was posted on radical militant websites.

The speaker promised that Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, would be punished "for his crimes" and announced that a new army would rid the country of "crusaders and apostates." CNN could not verify the authenticity of the recording.