Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen is offering a bounty of gold worth $160,000 to anyone who kills Gerald M. Feierstein, the U.S. ambassador to Yemen.
According to the Associated Press, the group announced that it will pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country.
The group offered 3 kilograms of gold, worth about $160,000, for killing Feierstein, and said it will pay 5 million Yemeni riyals ($23,000) for anyone who kills an American soldier.
The offer is valid for six months, the AP reported.
The bounties were set to “inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad,” the Al Qaeda statement said, according to the AP.
Washington considers Al Qaeda in Yemen to be the group’s most dangerous branch.