Rewards For Justice: Sirajuddin Haqqani

Press Statement
Gordon Duguid
Acting Deputy Department Spokesman, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 25, 2009

The U.S. Department of State has authorized a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location, arrest, and/or conviction of Sirajuddin Haqqani (aka Siraj Haqqani).

Sirajuddin Haqqani, a senior leader of the Haqqani terrorist network founded by his father Jalaladin Haqqani, maintains close ties to al-Qa’ida. During an interview with an American news organization, Haqqani admitted planning the January 14, 2008 attack against the Serena Hotel in Kabul that killed six people, including American citizen Thor David Hesla.

Haqqani also admitted to having planned the April 2008 assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He has coordinated and participated in cross-border attacks against U.S. and Coalition forces in Afghanistan. He is believed to be located in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. More information about Haqqani is located on the Rewards for Justice website (

We encourage anyone with information on Haqqani’s location to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, any U.S. military commander, or the Rewards for Justice staff via the website (, e-mail ( or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, DC 20520-0303, USA). Please note that government officials are not eligible for rewards based on information furnished in the course of their official duties.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid more than $80 million to more than 50 persons who provided credible information that has resulted in the capture or death of terrorists or prevented acts of international terrorism.

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