US offers reward for capture of Al Shabab leaders

US Department of State offers total of $27 million for information leading to six Al Shabab leaders

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Al Shabab militants

The US is offering rewards of millions of dollars for “information leading to the identification or location” of six senior members of the Al Shabab militant group in Somalia.

In a written notice published on the US Department of State's website on Tuesday, it was announced that the US government would offer a total of $27 million under its Rewards for Justice programme for the six men.

While militant Abu Ubaidah tops the list with a reward of up to $6 million, the US government is offering $5 million each for Mahad Karate, Ma’alim Daud, and Hassan Afgooye.

Information leading to Maalim Salman and Ahmed Iman Ali will also be rewarded with $3 million for each of the men.

Abu Ubaidah, also known as Direye, as been leading the militant group since taking charge last year following the death of former leader Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed.

Mahad Karate was involved in an attack on Garissa University College in April in which 150 people died, while Maalim Salman has taken part in operations targeting tourists, revellers and Christians in a number of African countries.

Ma’alim Daud, meanwhile, was in charge of planning, recruitment, training and attacks on Somali government targets as well as Westerners.

Hassan Afgooye is responsible for generating funds for the group through “fake charities, and fundraising to racketeering and kidnapping,” the notice stated, while Ahmed Iman Ali worked as a youth recruiter.

In the decade-long insurgency by the Al Qaeda-affiliated militant group, attacks have been carried out both in Somalia in a number of neighbouring countries, including Uganda and Kenya.

TRTWorld and agencies