The US Embassy in Nairobi has offered a reward of Ksh1.2 billion ($10 million) for anyone with information regarding the whereabouts and subsequent arrests of three Al-Shabaab terror group leaders.
In a notice on Monday, November 14, the Embassy identified the three wanted terrorists as Mahad Karate, Jehad Mostafa, and Ahmed Diriye.
The statement pointed out that the leaders were responsible for numerous attacks in Kenya and its neighbouring countries, leading to loss of life.
"These Key leaders of Al-Shabaab are responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Somalia, Kenya and neighbouring countries that have killed thousands of people."
"Do you have information that can help us find Diriye, Karate or Mostafa? You could receive a reward of up to Ksh1.2 billion. Relocation may be possible," the US Embassy stated.
The Embassy pointed out that the arrests of the leaders would curtail the numerous attacks in the region as well as hinder the financing and facilitation networks needed by the militia group for survival.
"Al Shabaab relies on financing and facilitation networks to sustain its operations and plan terrorist attacks, if you have information about Al-Shabaab's illicit financial activities, submit a top via Signal, Telegram, or WhatsApp to one of the numbers listed," read part of the statement.
A senior US official, who spoke to the press, affirmed that vital information would help expose the militia group and prevent its influence in the region
“To our Kenyan and regional partners, the United States is offering reward money for information that will lead to the identification and disruption of Al-Shabaab’s revenue sources and funding."
"This is huge information on Al-Shabaab’s exploitation of local natural resources and financial donors and facilitators,” the US official stated.
“We know that Al-Shabaab receives money through a plethora of illegal activities that go on around the world to fund their operations and to fund the killing of hundreds of civilians every year,” he added.