27 Dec '14, 4pm

Wanted extremist leader surrenders in Somalia

In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly-trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area near Mogadishu, Somalia. Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP NAIROBI, Kenya — A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said Saturday. Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press. Hersi may have surrendered because he fell out with those loyal to Ahmed Abdi Godane, al-Shabab's top leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year, the officer said. Hersi was one of eight top al-Shabab officials whom the Obama administration offered a total $33 million in rewards for information leading to their captu...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/africa/wanted-extremist-leade...

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