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Rewards for Fugitives: Murder of Joel Shrum


Joel Shrum, a 29-year-old educator from Pennsylvania, was killed in Taiz, Yemen on March 18, 2012. Al-Qaida's Yemen branch claimed responsibility several days after the attack.

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual who committed, conspired to commit, or aided or abetted in the commission of the murder of U.S. citizen Joel Shrum.

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual who committed, conspired to commit, or aided or abetted in the commission of the murder of U.S. citizen Joel Shrum.

On March 18, 2012, Shrum, 29, was shot and killed on his way to work in Taizz, Yemen, by a gunman riding on the back of a motorcycle that had pulled up alongside his vehicle. At the time of his death, Shrum was an administrator and English teacher at the International Training and Development Center, one of the longest standing international development organizations in Yemen.

A few days after the attack, the terrorist organization Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the murder.

Since its inception in 1984, the Rewards for Justice Program has paid in excess of $125 million to more than 80 people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide. You can follow Rewards for Justice on Twitter: @Rewards4Justice.

More information about the Shrum reward offer is located on the Rewards for Justice website at www.rewardsforjustice.net. Anyone with information on this case can contact the Rewards for Justice office via the website, e-mail: info@rewardsforjustice.net, phone: 1-800-877-3927 in North America, or mail: Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C., 20520-0303, USA.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

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To report any information on a fugitive contact the Regional Security Office at the nearest U.S. Embassy. You can also contact the tip line at www.rewardsforjustice.net or e-mail information to RFJ@state.gov You can also call the RFJ tip line at 1-800-877-3927.

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