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Pakistani Militant Dismisses U.S. $10 Million Bounty

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed
An accused Pakistani militant leader suspected of directing deadly attacks in neighboring India has dismissed a U.S. reward of $10 million for information leading to his capture and conviction.

The bounty targets Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, described as founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba Islamist militant group, which has been accused of involvement in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed some 160 people.

In an interview with The Associated Press at an Islamabad mosque, Saeed, who denies the terrorism accusations, said the U.S. bounty was misdirected.

He said the U.S. was targeting him as punishment for organizing demonstrations in Pakistan against the reopening of supply routes across Pakistan for NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Lashkar-e-Taiba is banned in Pakistan, but Saeed apparently continues to operate freely.

Based on reporting by AP