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U.S. Offers Bounty For Fugitive Tajik Colonel

  • RFE/RL's Tajik Service

The United States is offering a reward of $3 million for information about fugitive Tajik Colonel Gulmurod Halimov, who joined the Islamic State (IS) group last year.

Kurt Rice, acting assistant director for threat investigations and analysis at the U.S. State Department, said on August 30 that Washington considers Halimov to be a key member of the extremist group.

Rice told journalists via a telephone conference call to the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe that information on Halimov’s whereabouts could be provided to any U.S embassy across the world or sent via e-mail to American diplomatic offices.

Halimov, the former commander of the Tajik Interior Ministry's special forces, known as OMON, joined IS in April 2015.

Tajik authorities have said he has been seriously injured twice in Syria.

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