1.2 Billion Reward for three wanted al Shabaab leaders
The leaders are responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Somalia, Kenya and neighbouring countries that have killed hundreds of people.
The United States is offering a $10 million (Sh1.2 billion) reward to persons who will provide information leading to the arrest of three al Shabaab terrorist group leaders.
The US embassy in Nairobi on Monday, November 14 said the leaders are responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Somalia, Kenya and neighbouring countries that have killed hundreds of people.
The three terror group leaders are Mahad Karate, Jehad Mostafa, and Ahmed Diriye.
US embassy deputy chief of mission in Kenya Marc Dillard and Somalia US ambassador Larry Andre addressed a press briefing to announce rewards offers for information on the senior al shabaab leaders and the organization's financial network at the US Embassy in Gigiri.
“To our Kenyan and regional partners, United States is offering reward money for information that will lead to the identification and disruption of al Shabaab’s revenue sources and funding. This is huge information on al Shabaab’s exploitation of local natural resources and financial donors and facilitators,” Dillard said.
“We know that al Shabaab receives money through a plethora of illegal activities that go on around the world to fund their operations and to fund the killing of hundreds of civilians every year.”
The informants are urged to submit the information through Signal, Telegram or WhatsApp to +254-71-87-12-366 (Kenya) or +252-68-43-43-308 (Somalia). The informants will not only be eligible for the reward but also relocation.
“Do you have info that can help us find Diriye, Karate, or Mostafa? Submit your tip now. You could receive a reward of up to $10,000,000! Relocation may be possible,” a poster reads.
Those who may help capture the three will be relocated if needed.
The move comes amid a new wave of attacks in parts of Somalia and northern part of Kenya linked to the terror group.
Both governments have launched operations against the group in efforts to contain their attacks.