U.S. offering $5m reward for information on Al-Shabaab leader Ali Adan


Al-Shabaab terrorists

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, which is administered by the Diplomatic Security Service, is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of al-Shabaab (AS) key leader Abukar Ali Adan.

Abukar Ali Adan is the deputy leader of al-Shabaab.

A statement from the U.S. Department of State on Tuesday, said Adan spent several years as al-Shabaab’s military chief after previously heading the Jabhat, al-Shabaab’s armed wing.

On January 4, 2018, the Department of State designated Adan as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224.

Among the consequences of this designation, all of Abukar Ali Adan’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.

In addition, Adan is associated with al-Qa’ida affiliates al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb.

The U.S. said Al-Shabaab is responsible for terrorist attacks in Kenya, Somalia, and neighboring countries that resulted in significant loss of life, including of U.S. citizens.

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“The terrorist group continues to plot, plan, and conspire to commit terrorist acts against the United States, U.S. interests, and foreign partners,” the department said.

The Department of State designated al-Shabaab as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT in March 2008.

In April 2010, al-Shabaab was also added to the 1,844 Sanctions List by the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Al-Shabaab.

“More information about this reward offer is located on the Rewards for Justice website at  www.rewardsforjustice.net.

“We encourage anyone with information on Abukar Ali Adan to contact Rewards for Justice via Signal, Telegram, or WhatsApp at +1-202-702-7843, or via local tip lines at +254 71 87 12 366 in Kenya and +252 68 43 43 308 in Somalia.

“All information will be kept strictly confidential. Relocation for individuals submitting information that leads to the identification or location of Abukar Ali Adan may be possible,” the department said.

Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $250 million to more than 125 people across the globe who provided actionable information that helped resolve threats to U.S. national security.

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