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US State Department Offers Rewards for Afghan Extremist Group Associates

© AP Photo / Luis M. AlvarezThe State Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
The State Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 - Sputnik International
The US Department of State announced rewards for information leading to the capture of two associates of an extremist group.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of State is offering rewards for information leading to the capture of two associates of the Afghan extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), the Department announced in a statement.

“The Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Abdul Saboor and up to $2 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Abdullah Nowbahar,” the statement, issued on Thursday, said.

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Saboor and Nowbahar are both explosives experts and key participants in the September 18, 2012 attack in Kabul by a suicide bomber blowing up a bus that carried foreign employees of a firm that provided aviation services to the US Embassy in Afghanistan.

“More than a dozen people were killed and nearly a dozen more were injured in the attack,” the release added.

The statement claimed that Saboor is also responsible for the May 16, 2013 suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack in Kabul.

“The attack killed two US soldiers, four US civilian contractors, and eight Afghans — including two children, and wounded at least 37 others,” it said.

According to the US State Department, HIG is an offshoot of Hezb-e Islami [Party of Islam], a political and paramilitary organization in Afghanistan founded in 1976 by Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. HIG has advocated anti-US ideologies and has sought to make Afghanistan a state rooted in Islamic law.


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