Iraqi given $85,000 reward for car bomb tip-off
Identity of man not released for security reasons
An Iraqi man was awarded $85,000 for informing security forces of a car bomb in Baghdad, the first such reward after funds were dramatically upped for tip-offs, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
"The prime minister decided to reward a citizen who provided information regarding the presence of a car bomb in Jamaa, giving him 100 million Iraqi dinars," said Major General Qassim Atta, the spokesman for Baghdad operations command.
The identity of the man was not released for security reasons.
On Dec. 16, the Iraqi government approved plans to offer rewards of up to $85,000 for tip-offs about car bombs.
The decision came after Defence Minister Abdel Qader Obeidi asked parliament for funds to recruit informers, saying that the authorities lacked sufficient intelligence about insurgents.
Massive vehicle bombings struck government offices in Baghdad in August, October and December, killing a total of around 400 people and wounding some 1,500.
The prime minister decided to reward a citizen who provided information regarding the presence of a car bomb in Jamaa, giving him 100 million Iraqi dinars
Major General Qassim Atta