A leader of Islamic extremist group alShabaab has surrendered himself to police, a Somali intelligence official has claimed. Ismail Ahmed Hersihad a three millions dollar bounty attached to him by the US in 2012,for any information leading to his capture.
The Somali intelligence officer, who remained anonymous, said Hersi may have surrendered because of conflict within Al Shabaab. He claimed Hersi fell out with other millitants loyal to Ahmed Godane, AlShabaab’s key leader, who was killed in a US airstrike earlier this year.
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Voice of America journalist Haran Maruf claims that in a recent interview, Hersi said he left Al Shabaab 18 months ago, and was unaware of the bounty placed upon him by the US.
The group has carried out many terror attacks in Somalia and neighboring countries including Kenya, whose armies are vital to bolstering Somalia’s weak, UN backed government.