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04 November 1998

TEXT: REWARD OFFER: OSAMA BIN LADEN AND MOHAMMAD ATEF

(Up to $5 million for two charged in E. Africa embassy bombings) (650)


Washington -- The Department of State is offering a reward of up to $5
million for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction
anywhere in the world of Osama Bin Laden and his military commander,
Mohammad Atef, State Department Spokesman James P. Rubin announced
November 4.


"They were charged today with the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in
Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in the U.S. District
Court, Southern District of New York," Rubin said.


He added: "The United States is strong and unwavering in its
commitment to the fight against international terrorism, and our
motivation is high in bringing those responsible for these barbaric
attacks to justice, especially Mr. Bin Laden."


Following is the State Department text of Rubin's statement:



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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesman



November 4, 1998



STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN



REWARD OFFER:  OSAMA BIN LADEN AND MOHAMMAD ATEF



In the past three months, U.S. law enforcement officials have made
significant progress in the investigation of the terrorist attacks
against our embassies in East Africa. Today, the United States has
taken a significant step in further identifying those individuals
responsible for these acts of cowardice.


In accordance with the announcement by the U.S. Attorney in New York
this afternoon, the U.S. Department of State is offering a reward of
up to $5 million for information that leads to the arrest and/or
conviction anywhere in the world of Osama Bin Laden and his military
commander, Mohammad Atef. They were charged today with the bombings of
the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in
the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.


These cowardly attacks, allegedly planned and financed by Osama Bin
Laden and carried out by his followers, resulted in the terrorist
murders of over 200 people, including 12 innocent American citizens.
Over 5,000 other harmless civilians were injured in the attacks. The
United States is strong and unwavering in its commitment to the fight
against international terrorism, and our motivation is high in
bringing those responsible for these barbaric attacks to justice,
especially Mr. Bin Laden.


The Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program was recently revised by Congress
(H.R. 4660) and signed by the President to increase the maximum amount
of a reward offer from $2 million to $5 million.


Overseas, people with information are urged to contact the nearest
U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or write to the following address:


Heroes

P.O. Box 96781

Washington, DC  20090-6781

USA



Domestically, people should contact the FBI, write to the post office
box address, or call the Bureau of Diplomatic Security on:
1-800-HEROES-1


In addition, people can provide information to the Counter-Terrorism
Rewards Program staff through the following INTERNET address:


[email protected]



More detailed information on the Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program can
be obtained through the following INTERNET address: www.heroes.net


The Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program has been an effective tool in
combating international terrorism. In the past few years, the U.S.
Government has paid out over $5 million in approximately 20 cases
worldwide for credible information received under the Rewards Program.


The United States will ensure complete confidentiality to people who
provide information on past or future acts of terrorism. If
appropriate, the United States will relocate people and their families
to the United States.


Our determination to battle terrorism against U.S. interests worldwide
is greater than ever. It is our intention to bring all of those
individuals responsible for the bombings of our embassies, as well as
other terrorist crimes against the United States, to justice.


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