Press Statement
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Washington, DC
September 1, 2010


Reward Offered for Information on Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman Whereabouts

The U.S. Department of State has offered rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman.

Hakimullah Mehsud is the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a terrorist organization based in the tribal areas of western Pakistan, along the border with Afghanistan.

Since becoming leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in August 2009, Mehsud has organized and directed several TTP attacks against U.S. personnel and interests in and beyond the region.

He has been charged in U.S. federal court with conspiracy to murder a U.S. national while outside of the United States and with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against a U.S. national while outside of the United States. The charges stem from an FBI investigation into the December 30, 2009 suicide bomb attack on Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan that left seven U.S. citizens dead.

In April 2010, Mehsud’s operatives used an explosives-laden truck, machine guns, and rocket launchers in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar that killed six Pakistanis and wounded 20 others.

On May 1, 2010, a Pakistani-born naturalized U.S. citizen trained by the TTP attempted — and failed — to detonate a vehicle bomb in New York City’s Time Square. A day after that attack, the group released a video claiming responsibility for the attempted bombing. On May 3, Mehsud appeared in another video message warning that TTP would launch more attacks inside the United States.

Mehsud is also known as Hakeemullah Mehsud. He was born in the Kotkai region of South Waziristan, Pakistan and is believed to be in his early 30s.

Wali Ur Rehman is reportedly Mehsud’s one-time rival and current second-in-command. Rehman also is the TTP’s chief military strategist. He commands TTP members in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan and reportedly has led several attacks against U.S., NATO, and Pakistani forces on either side of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Rehman has aggressively recruited new fighters into the TTP terrorist network.

Like Mehsud, he was born in South Waziristan. He reportedly is in his early 40s. He is believed to be living in South Waziristan.

Both men are believed to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of the United States and its nationals.

The TTP is strongly linked to other terrorist organizations, including the Pakistan-based Haqqani network and al-Qa’ida. The TTP has provided sanctuary for al-Qa’ida operatives in the Pashtun tribal areas along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.

More information about Hakimullah Mehsud is located on the Rewards for Justice website (www.rewardsforjustice.net/Mehsud).

More information about Wali Ur Rehman also can be found on the Rewards for Justice website (www.rewardsforjustice.net/Rehman).

We encourage anyone with information on the location of Hakimullah Mehsud or Wali Ur Rehman to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, any U.S. military commander, or the Rewards for Justice office via the website (www.rewardsforjustice.net), e-mail (RFJ@state.gov) or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, DC 20520-0303, USA).

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid more than $100 million to more than 60 persons who provided credible information that has resulted in the capture or death of terrorists or prevented acts of international terrorism.

The investigation into the December 30, 2009 suicide attack at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan is being handled by the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO) and the prosecution is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. Inquiries about this investigation or prosecution should be directed to the U.S. Attorney’s public information office at 202-514-6933 or the FBI WFO’s public information office at 202-278-3519.

Contact:
David Bates
Diplomatic Security Public Affairs
571-345-2518