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Somalia offers bounty for chief al-Shabab leaders

Iran Press TV

Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:17AM

Somalia's government has issued bounties for 11 top leaders of the al-Shabab group as the militants continue to wreak havoc across the troubled East Africa region.

The bounty, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, was approved in a recent high-level ministerial meeting held in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

Somalia's federal government said on Friday that it would offer rewards to anyone who provides information that leads to the capture of the key militant commanders.

A list of their names, nicknames and origins was issued after a cabinet meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid.

Top of the list is the militant group's chief Ahmed Diriye with USD 250,000 offered for information leading to his capture. Umar has led the movement since Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed by an air strike in September last year.

Another reward includes USD 150,000 for the capture of Mahad Karate who runs a special internal security wing that deals in assassinations.

Sources say rewards of USD 100,000 are offered for the capture of nine others, including Shebab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage.

The al-Shabab militant group is fighting to overthrow Somalia's government, but have also carried out a string of raids in neighboring nations, including Kenya.

The developments come a week after al-Shabab's attacked on a Kenyan university. At least 148 people were killed by the militants on the Garissa University campus.

The attack, Kenya's deadliest in decades, claimed the lives of 142 students, three police officers and three soldiers.

Al-Shabab militants have said the attack was carried out in revenge for Kenya's military operations in Somalia. The group has also threatened more bloodshed.

The militants have been pushed out of Mogadishu and other major cities in the country by government troops and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). AMISOM is largely made up of troops from Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Sierra Leone, and Kenya.

However, al-Shabab still holds territory in rural areas of the south.

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