BAGHDAD (AFP) – An Iraqi man was awarded 85,000 dollars for informing security forces of a car bomb in Baghdad, the first such reward after funds were dramatically upped for tip-offs, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
“The prime minister decided to reward a citizen who provided information regarding the presence of a car bomb in Jamaa, giving him 100 million Iraqi dinars,” said Major General Qassim Atta, the spokesman for Baghdad operations command.
The identity of the man was not released for security reasons.
On December 16, the Iraqi government approved plans to offer rewards of up to 85,000 dollars for tip-offs about car bombs.
The decision came after Defence Minister Abdel Qader Obeidi asked parliament for funds to recruit informers, saying that the authorities lacked sufficient intelligence about insurgents.
Massive vehicle bombings struck government offices in Baghdad in August, October and December, killing a total of around 400 people and wounding some 1,500.