SOMALIA: US announces $33 million bounty on Al-Shabaab’s seven senior leaders
By; Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) The United States has announced on thursday that they will offer up to $33 million in rewards for information leading to arrest or kill the top members of an Islamist extremist group in Somalia linked to al-Qaeda, US Department’s Rewards for Justice program said.
The programme will offer a reward of up to $7 million for information leading to the location of al-Shabaab founder Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed; up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of his associates Ibrahim Haji Jama, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud, and Mukhtar Robow; and up to $3 million each for information leading to the location of additional al-Shabaab leaders Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi and Abdullahi Yare.
In February Al Shabaab, which has many foreign fighters in its ranks declared that thawy have formally merged into Al Qaeda network making the group more dangerous than ever but since mid last year the group has been losing many strategic locations in the southern and central parts of Somalia after a joint offensive led Somalia’s transitional government and backed by Kenyan and Ethiopian army in the south and central regions and AMISOM forces in the capital destroyed much of Al Shabaab’s visible power.