Washington: United States has announced a reward of USD 5 million for providing information and helping in the arrest of Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, a key suspect in the Mumbai terrorist attack.

The State department said Kashmiri is the commander of the terrorist organisation Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI), which supports al-Qaeda, and launched several attacks in India and Pakistan.

HUJI is also believed to be responsible for March 2006 suicide bombing at the US consulate in Karachi that killed four people, including US diplomat David Foy, and injured 48 others.

In January 2010, a US federal grand jury indicted Kashmiri for terrorism-related offences in connection with a plot to attack a newspaper in Denmark, over cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed.

Last August, US designated Kashmiri as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ and HUJI was labeled as a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation.’

Describing Kashmiri, the State Department said that he was born in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 1964, and is six feet tall, weighs about 90 kilogram. He has black hair and brown eyes and has been seen with a thick beard dyed white, black, or red at various times. He has lost sight in one eye, and often wears aviator-style sunglasses and missing an index finger too.

Kashmiri is also known by several aliases as, Muhammad Ilyas Kashmiri, Elias al-Kashmiri, Ilyas, Naib Amir, and Commando Commander.

"We encourage anyone with information on Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri's location to contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, any US military commander, or the Rewards for Justice office via the website ( www.rewardsforjustice.net), e-mail (RFJ@state.gov) or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, DC 20520-0303, USA). All information will be kept strictly confidential," the State Department statement said.

(Agencies)