The United States is offering rewards of up to $ 5 million in exchange for information about the kidnapping of two of its citizens in Afghanistan, Mark Randall Frerichs and Paul Edwin Overby, the State Department reported Wednesday.
The reward is provided by the department’s diplomatic security, headed by Mike Pompeo and the FBI, and paid to anyone who can provide “information leading to the location, recovery, and return” of the two Americans.
In Overby’s case, he was last seen in Jost near the Pakistani border in mid-May when he was researching a book and allegedly intending to go to the neighboring country, the foreign ministry said.
Frerichs was kidnapped in early February this year while he was in Kabul. The American moved to Afghanistan in 2010 and had worked on construction projects in different parts of the country.
According to the press reported at the time, Frerichs could be in the hands of the Haqqani network, a faction within the Taliban. His abduction took place in Doha weeks before the US government-Taliban peace agreement was signed on February 29.