SANAA, (AFP) – Yemen’s interior ministry has promised a 100,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of any eight Al-Qaeda suspects it named, state news agency Saba reported on Saturday.
The poverty-striken country’s interior ministry promised a reward of 20 million riyals (100,000 dollars/71,500 euros) for anyone providing information leading to the capture of any of the “terrorist extremists.”
It identified them as Amin Abdullah Abdul Rahman al-Othmani, Bashir Mohammed Ahmed al-Hlaisi, Showqi Ali Ahmed al-Baadani, Abdul Elah Ali Qasem al-Mesbahi, Abdul Hamid Ahmed Mohammed al-Hubaishi, Mohammed Ali Abdullah al-Nashri, Musleh Abdullah Ahmed al-Hlaisi and Yusef Ahmed Muthana Zayud.
The ministry did say why the men are wanted but an official told Saba they had been recruited by Al-Qaeda militants “obsessed with murder and destruction.”
The official warned against giving them shelter or withholding information on their whereabouts.
Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, faces a growing threat from the local branch of the jihadist network.