US Offers $27m (£18m) In Rewards For Hunt Of Somalia's Al-Shabab Leaders

US Offers $27m (£18m) In Rewards For Hunt Of Somalia's Al-Shabab Leaders

The US government has offered $27m (£18m) in rewards for information on the whereabouts of six leaders of the Somalia-based al-Shabab group.

The highest reward is $6m for the group's leader Abu Ubaidah, who replaced Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in a US drone strike last year.

Among those being hunted is Mahad Karate, also known as Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame, believed to be a key player in the attack on a Kenyan university which killed 148 people.

The Islamist militant group is battling the UN-backed government in Somalia.

$6m for Abu Ubaidah also known as Direye, named al-Shabab leader in September 2014

$5m for Mahad Karate, also known as Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame, accused of playing key role in Garissa University College attack

The other rewards are $5m for Ma'alim Daud who the US thinks is responsible for al-Shabab's recruitment and training, $5m for Hassan Afgooye who is believed to oversee the financing of al-Shabab,$3m for Maalim Salman who the US says he has been involved in operations in Africa targeting tourists and $3m for Ahmed Iman Ali who the US believes is responsible for recruiting Kenyans

Source: US Department of State

 

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