US ups reward for info on al-Qaeda leaders in Africa attacks

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The United States is doubling rewards for al-Qaeda leaders charged for their roles in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in east Africa.

The State Department said on Wednesday the reward for information leading to the location, arrest or conviction of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and is now $10m, up from $5m offered since 2000.

The two leaders were charged by a federal grand jury for the 1998 attacks that killed more than 250 people, including 12 Americans and injuring nearly 5 000 others.

Tuesday marked 20 years since the bombings, the first major al-Qaeda attack on US targets, three years before the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York and Washington that killed nearly 3 000.