US offers millions in rewards for info on al-Shabab leaders
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is offering rewards of up to $6 million for information on locations of six leaders of Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group.
The State Department announced on Tuesday tipsters could receive up to $6 million for information leading to the “identification or whereabouts” of the group’s main leader, Abu Ubaidah (AH’-boo oo-EYE’-dah), up to $5 million for information on three of his deputies and $3 million for two others.
The money is being offered under the State Department’s “Rewards for Justice” program, which has paid out more than $125 million to more than 80 people since 1984 for information leading to the arrest or death of terrorists.
Al-Shabab is blamed for killing thousands of civilians, aid workers and peacekeepers in Somalia, Uganda, and Kenya since 2006.