Somalia – US to offer bounty for al Shabaab leaders

BBC

The United States is to offer millions of dollars in rewards for information leading to the capture of leaders of the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

It is the first time the US has offered money for specific members of the group, which announced its allegiance to al-Qaeda earlier this year.

It has put a price of $7m (£4.5m) on al-Shabab’s founder and commander, Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamud Godane.

It comes as African Union forces make key advances against the group.

Al-Shabab still controls much of the country but is under pressure from Ethiopian troops, pro-government militias and the African Union force, which has US and European funding.

African Union and Somali government forces last week captured the town of Afmadow, a strategic militant base in the south of the country.  Read more…

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