US offers $5 million bounty for information on Al-Shabaab leader

Ahmed Gurey took part in attacks against Ethiopian forces in southern Somalia during the rule of the Islamic courts’ union in 2017 before the emergence of Al-Shabaab in 2008.

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US offers $5 million bounty for information on Al-Shabaab leader

WASHINGTON - The U.S. has announced a $ 5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Jehad Serwan Mostafa, also known as Ahmed Gurey said to be a senior commander of Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that Mostafa, a U.S. citizen, and former California resident, is responsible for terrorist attacks in East Africa, including in Kenya and Somalia.

Mostafa, 41, is on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List. He had graduated from a college in San Diego, California, before moving to Somalia in 2005 to join the Islamist group.

Ahmed Gurey took part in attacks against Ethiopian forces in southern Somalia during the rule of the Islamic courts’ union in 2017 before the emergence of Al-Shabaab in 2008.

Al-Shabaab merged with Al-Qaeda in 2012 and became the most dangerous terror group in East Africa as it stages high-profile attacks in Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda.

Mostafa has held a number of positions, including as a military trainer, leading foreign fighters, and working in the media wing of the group.

He also worked as the chief mediator between Al-Shabaab and other terrorist organizations and explosives expert in the terrorist attacks, according to the U.S. State Department's Justice Department.

On October 9, 2009, Mostafa was indicted in a California district court on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to Al-Shabaab. He poses a direct threat to the U.S. interest in East Africa.

Last year, the U.S. has issued a bounty of up to 6 million dollars for information on the whereabouts of four other key Al-Shabaab leaders linked to deadly attacks in the country.

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