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U.S. Raises Reward for Suspect in '93 Attack

April 05, 2005|From Associated Press

BAGHDAD — The U.S. State Department said Monday that it was offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture and conviction of the last remaining person wanted in connection with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

In a statement released in the Iraqi capital, the State Department said it was looking for Abdul Rahman Yasin, 45, an Iraqi American who is believed to have helped build the bomb used in the Feb. 26, 1993, attack that killed six people.

The statement described Yasin, for whom the U.S. earlier offered a reward of $2 million, as an epileptic and said he "possibly has a noticeable chemical scar on his right thigh."

Yasin was born in Bloomington, Ind., to Iraqi parents and moved to Iraq when he was young.

He returned to the United States as part of a terrorist group, the statement said.

After leaving the U.S. following the 1993 bombing, he was arrested and held in an Iraqi prison until being released in 2003.

He is believed to be hiding near Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad.

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