The United States has expanded its offer of rewards for information on key leaders of terrorist organizations to include a leading figure with one of the groups conducting attacks in Mali and others areas of the Sahel, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJWA.
Oumar Ould Hamaha
Oumar Ould Hamaha is a spokesman for the MUJWA. Previously a member of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Hamaha took part in kidnappings of foreigners for ransom, including that of Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler in Niamey, Niger, in December 2008. He has also made threats against Westerners in Mali and has been associated with the abduction of Europeans in the region.
Hamaha is a Malian citizen, born there in Kidal in 1963, has black hair and is 180 centimeters tall. He has used the aliases Oumar Ould Harama and Oumar Ould Hana.
The Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $3 million for information leading to Hamaha’s location.
The U.S. promises that all credible 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 and their families.
If you have information on this man, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and the tip line at www.rewardsforjustice.net or e-mail information to RFJ@state.gov.