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Iraq car bomb tipster gets reward equivalent to $85,000

By Steven Z.K. Nickels     Dec 29, 2009 in World
An Iraqi man has received a reward equivalent to more than $85,000 for disclosing information about an unexploded car bomb in Baghdad, according to a top Iraqi military general.
A top Iraqi military official reports that an Iraqi man has received a payment of 100 million Iraqi dinars, equivalent to around $85,000, for disclosing the location of a car bomb in Baghdad before it exploded.
Iraq Major General Qassim Atta, spokesman for the Baghdad Operations Command, disclosed the payment on Tuesday, December 29, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. The name of the man who received the reward was not disclosed due to safety concerns.
General Atta said of the reward that, "The prime minister decided to reward a citizen who provided information about a booby-trapped car in Jamaa neighborhood (western Baghdad) and give him 100 million Iraqi dinars."
Iraq Prime Minister Al-Maliki had said on December 16 that security forces were hoping to get citizens more involved in reporting information about possible bombings and terrorists acts. He said at that time that the 100 million Iraqi dinar reward would be given to those individuals who came forward with information that prevented such incidents.
The reward would be a remarkable amount for the average Iraqi. The CIA World Factbook lists the average gross domestic product (GDP) for an Iraqi in 2008 at only $3,200.
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