US government has placed $ 27 million bounty on the heads of six Al-Shabab leaders, the US state department announced on Tuesday.
Six million dollars will be awarded to everyone who helps with an information that could lead to the whereabouts of Ahmed Diiriye known as Abu-Ubaidah, the successor of Ahmed Abdi Godane who was killed in US airstrikes in September 2014.
The State Department announced that tipsters could receive up to $ 3 million for information leading to the “identification or whereabouts” of Moalim Salmaan and Ahmed.
Five million dollars is available for information on Mahad Karate, who allegedly planned the several attacks including Garrissa University College that killed 148 people.
Another sum of 10 million reward is will be given out for Al-Shabaab planners, Ma’alim Daud and Hassan Afgooye.
The State also put three-million-dollar bounty on Moalim Salman and Ahmed Iman Ali.
“Since 2006, al-Shabaab has killed thousands of civilians, aid workers and peacekeepers in Somalia, Uganda and Kenya,” the State Department said.
The reward announcement comes one day after Somali Prime Minister Omar Sharmarke warned the UN that al-Shabaab has proclaimed its allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group, posing the possibility of a renewed threat to the region.
During a debate in the UN Security Council, Sharmarke called for the council’s support to defeat al-Shabaab before the group can gain considerable support from the Islamic State, which currently operates mainly in Syria and Iraq.
Al-Shabab has executed several individuals whom they accused of spying for federal government and African union peace-keeping troops therefore this may undermine possibility of getting someone to forward Al-Shabab tips off though US government strictly guaranteed that all kinds of sources and persons helping to give full information of Al-Shabab leaders will be dealt with strictly confidential.