USA posts $5m reward to find Mumbai terror attacks masterminds

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India marked the tenth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks with ceremonies at sites across the city that became battlegrounds in the wave of violence that killed scores and dealt a critical blow to relations with neighbouring Pakistan. The attack killed 166 innocents, including six Americans.

In April 2012, the Department of State announced reward offers for information that brings to justice LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, another senior LeT leader.

"The United States is committed to seeing that those responsible for this attack face justice".

But U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that those who planned the attack had not been convicted.

Before the Mumbai attack, the United States had designated the LeT as a terrorist organisation in 2001 and imposed sanctions on it and the UN Security Council followed suit in 2005.

The United Nations 1267 has designated LeT to the Consolidated UN Security Council Sanctions List.

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The Trump administration announced this major reward (of over Rs 35 crore) on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack in which 10 Pakistan-based LeT terrorist went on a shooting rampage in India's financial hub killing 166 people, including six Americans.

From the mark it left on survivors and the families of the victims to the deep blow it struck to ties between India and Pakistan, the scars of the coordinated attacks that began on November 26th in 2008 still run deep.

The US, which is fighting the Taliban militants since 2001 in Afghanistan, continues to seek an exit strategy from the troubled country and in recent months Washington has held direct talks with the Taliban representatives to end the 17 year long war. We call upon all countries, particularly Pakistan, to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against the terrorists responsible for this atrocity, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and its affiliates.

The 26/11 Mumbai terror attack has completed 10 years today and this was really one of the most frightful experience India faced in the recent past.

Ambassador and Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Yuval Rotem also tweeted, "10 years ago on this day, extremist Islamic terrorism struck the city and people of Mumbai and its Jewish community".

An Indian comando rappels from a helicopter during an operation at Nariman House in Mumbai.

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