On the night of September 11, 2012, members of the Ansar al-Shari’a terrorist group attacked two U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Using machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, the militants targeted the U.S. Special Mission Compound and a nearby annex in repeated assaults, killing four Americans including the U.S. ambassador, wounding two more U.S. personnel and three Libyan contract guards. Both facilities were destroyed.
Rewards were offered and an intensive search mounted for those responsible for the attack. On June 15, U.S. military personnel arrested a key suspect in the operation. Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a senior leader of Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi, has been charged with murder and other charges, and will be sent to the United States to stand trial. Others involved in the attack remain at large, and the United States will do whatever it takes to see that justice is done.
Created after the fall of Libya’s long-time ruler Muammar Qadhafi, Ansar al-Shari’a has been involved in many attacks in the region, targeting civilians and assassinating or attempting to assassinate security officials and political actors in eastern Libya.
Its members continue to pose a threat to U.S. interests in Libya and have been designated as international terrorist organizations. Toward this end, the Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual responsible for the Benghazi attacks.
The U.S. guarantees that all reports will be investigated and the identity of all informants will be kept confidential. If appropriate, the U.S. is prepared to protect informants by relocating them. If you have such information, contact the Regional Security Office at the nearest U.S. Embassy and the tip line at www.rewardsforjustice.net or e-mail information to email@example.com.