Washington: On the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack on Monday, the US state department’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) Program has offered a new reward of up to US$5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual who was involved in planning or facilitating the 2008 Mumbai attack. (Also read: Hafiz Saeed Using Sikh Shrine For Anti-India Propaganda) Also Read - Trump Admin Proposes to Scrap Computerised Lottery System to Grant H-1B Work Visas
Calling the Mumbai terror attack as a “barbarity”, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called upon Pakistan and other nations to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against those responsible for the atrocity, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and its affiliates. Also Read - US Company Bribed Rs 10 Lakh to Indian Official For License Approval: Department of Justice
“It is an affront to the families of the victims that, after ten years, those who planned the Mumbai attack have still not been convicted for their involvement,” Pompeo said in a statement. Also Read - India-US 2+2 Dialogue: Landmark Defence Pact BECA Signed, Pompeo Calls China a 'Threat' to Regional Security | Key Points
“On behalf of the government of the United States of America and all Americans, I express my solidarity with the people of India and the city of Mumbai on the 10th anniversary of the Mumbai terrorist attack,” he said.
“We stand with the families and friends of the victims, whose loved ones were lost in this act of barbarism, including six American citizens. The barbarity of 26/11 shocked the entire world,” he added.
As many as 166 people were killed in the attack carried out by 10 LeT terrorists. While nine of the attackers were killed by the police, lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was captured and hanged after he was handed down a death sentence.
Pompeo said the US was committed to seeing that those responsible for the attack faced justice. The RFJ Program is offering a new reward for up to US$5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual who was involved in planning or facilitating the 2008 Mumbai attack.