Somalia issues bounties for top Shabaab leaders

2015-04-10 10:05
Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabaab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP/File)

Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabaab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. (Farah Abdi Warsameh, AP/File)

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Mogadishu - Somalia's government has issued bounties for 11 top leaders of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants, with $250 000 offered for the extremist's chief, Ahmad Umar.

Other rewards include $150 000 for the capture of Mahad Karate who runs the Amniyat, a special internal security wing that deals in intelligence and assassinations.

The al-Shabaab are fighting to overthrow Somalia's internationally-backed government, but have also carried out a string of revenge attacks in neighbouring nations, including Kenya, where the extremists massacred 148 people last week in Garissa university.

Umar, also known as Abu Ubaidah, has led the movement since Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed by a US air strike in September.

The militant group has suffered a string of setbacks, losing territory in battles with regional forces and top leaders to drone missile strikes.

Rewards of $100 000 are offered for the capture of nine others, including al-Shabaab spokesperson Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage.

Other nations have also issued rewards for information on al-Shabaab commanders, with Washington offering cash rewards of up to $5m including for three al-Shabaab commanders.

Kenya has offered $215 000 for alleged al-Shabaab commander Mohamed Mohamud, a former Kenyan teacher believed to now be in Somalia and said to be the mastermind behind the Garissa attack.

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