$5 million reward offered for San Diego man linked to al-Shabab

Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2019

The FBI has offered a $5 million reward to help catch an American citizen on the agency's most wanted list - amid fears he could be plotting an attack in the US.

Prosecutors in California disclosed the allegations against Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 37, by unsealing an indictment accusing him of providing critical support to the East African terror group al-Shabab.

"Al-Shabaab's reign of terror threatens USA national security, our worldwide allies and innocent civilians".

The FBI says Jehad Serwan Mostafa is a most wanted terrorist who grew up and attended high school and college in San Diego.

Mostafa is charged with criminal activities dating from 2008 to 2017, though authorities told reporters Monday that he's believed to still be working in a central role planning Shabab's operations against the government of Somalia.

Mostafa has remained a key figure on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List for almost a decade.

Regarded now as the highest-ranking United States citizen fighting overseas with a terrorist organisation, Mostafa was first charged in 2009 with several counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation - however he has remained at large.

Agents believe Mostafa has been leading al-Shabaab's explosives department and has been involved in the use of improvised explosive devices.

He graduated from University of California, San Diego in 2005 and - according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation poster offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest - joined al-Shabaab around 2006.

He eventually joined al-Shabaab, which seeks to establish a society based on "its rigid interpretation" of Sharia law and has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, federal prosecutors said.

Mostafa was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and raised in San Diego, where authorities say he has relatives. One of the most recent attacks targeted a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, where 16 people were killed in January.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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