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U.S. Offers Rewards For West African Islamist Militants

The United States is offering up to $23 million in rewards for information that helps authorities track down the leaders of Islamist terrorist organizations in West Africa.

The State Department said it is the first time that Washington is offering rewards for information on terrorist leaders in the region.

The single-biggest reward, of up to $7 million, is being offered for information on Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, a Nigeria-based group blamed for a series of deadly attacks.

Rewards are also being offered for information on the leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, and the Signed-in-Blood Battalion.

The funds are being offered through the State Department's Rewards for Justice program.

Based on reports from Reuters, AP and AFP