Reward Posted for 2 Americans Linked to al-Shabab

These undated FBI images show Jehad Mostafa, left, and Omar Shafik Hammami, Americans said to be members of the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia in Somalia. The State Department said on March 20, 2013 there are separate $5 million for the men.
These undated FBI images show Jehad Mostafa, left, and Omar Shafik Hammami, Americans said to be members of the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia in Somalia. The State Department said on March 20, 2013 there are separate $5 million for the men.

Washington (dpa) - The U.S. State Department Wednesday offered separate 5-million-dollar rewards for information on either of two U.S. citizens who were said to be members of the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia in Somalia.

The two men are Omar Shafik Hammami, formerly of Alabama, and Jehad Serwan Mostafa, formerly of California.

Hammami, 28, moved to Somalia in 2006, where he has served as a military commander and propaganda rap artist, the U.S. State Department said. He was indicted in the U.S. federal court in Alabama in 2009 on charges of providing support to terrorists.

Hammami is on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list and has used the aliases Abu Mansour al-Amriki and Farouk.

Mostafa, age about 30, left for Somalia in 2005 and was indicted on similar charges to those of Hammami in California in 2009. He has used the aliases Ahmed Gurey, Anwar al-Amriki, and Emir Anwar, the State Department said.

The United States classifies al-Shabab as a terrorist organization, and says it is a threat to U.S. national security interests and stability in East Africa.

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a series of bomb attacks in Somalia since 2006. The U.S. says the group is to blame for the deaths of thousands of citizens, peace activists, international aid workers and journalists.

In recent months, the Islamist rebels have been on the back-foot, ceding ground in central and southern Somalia to government forces and African Union troops. But they have still managed to stage attacks in key locations and maintain control over vast rural areas.

Somalia was plunged into chaos two decades ago. Last year a proper government was formed in a United Nations-backed attempt to bring stability to the Horn of Africa nation.

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