Matchboxes with $5m Osama bounty message circulating in Peshawar
* Bin Laden is wanted by US govt on charges of killing 220 people in Kenya, Tanzania
By Daud Khattak
PESHAWAR: Matchboxes carrying Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden’s photograph are in circulation in Peshawar city, advertising huge rewards from the US government in return for information about Osama.
“Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, if you have any information about Osama Bin Laden,” says the text written in Urdu on one side of the matchbox containing 30 sticks.
Postal and email addresses for sharing of information with the US government have also been given on the other side of the matchbox, which also mentions the web-site www.heroes.net for further information.
The inside text states Bin Laden is wanted by the US government on charges of killing 220 innocent citizens in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998.
It further says that the US government will pay up to $5 million for any information leading to the arrest of Bin Laden in any country or help prove the charges levelled against him.
The statement says the informer’s name will be kept secret, and ‘possible’ relocation to another place.
Previously, leaflets were distributed in the Tribal Areas and t-shirts carrying Bin Laden’s photos were also introduced in Peshawar to encourage people to provide information about the Al Qaeda chief.