Mogadishu (SD) -The United States has announced that it will provide $ 5 million for the head of two al-Shabab operatives who happen to be Americans, Omar Shafik Hammami and Jehad Serwan Mostafa.
“We must use every tool in our toolbox to disrupt a potential terrorist attack before it happens,” said Scott Brunner, FBI special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office.
The United States has said that Jehad Serwan Mostafa has organized numerous attacks in Kenya and Somalia, and is one of the most dangerous individuals in Africa.
The United States has identified Jehad Serwan Mostafa as the highest-ranking US citizen in al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab.
Jehad Serwan Mostafa joined al-Shabaab in 2006 and fought alongside them against the Ethiopian troops who intervened in Somalia that same year.
“The FBI, the US Attorney’s Office, and the State Department have continued an extensive investigation since 2010 to locate this terrorist,” explained Brunner. “The FBI has not forgotten, has not stopped working, and will not stop until Mostafa is found.”
Another man, Omar Shafik Hammami, joined the al-Shabaab movement in 2006 as a recruiter for English speaking youth.
The United States has previously pledged to provide funding for the head of Al-Shabaab, some of whom were later targeted in Somalia.