27 Dec '14, 9pm

Captured Shabaab official long worked with al Qaeda

A senior Shabaab official, Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi, has been reportedly captured by Somali officials. Hersi "surrendered to the Somali police," the Associated Press reports , citing an anonymous Somali intelligence official. According to CNN , which cites two Somali military officials , the authorities "captured Hersi and his driver without confrontation." Shabaab formally merged with al Qaeda in February 2012 , thereby becoming the international terrorist organization's official branch in East Africa. But Hersi and other top Shabaab officials worked closely with al Qaeda long before the formal announcement. The US government offered a $3 million reward for information leading to Hersi's capture in June 2012. In announcing the reward, the State Department noted that Hersi served as Shabaab's "chief of intelligence." Hersi, who is also known as Hassan Abdullah Hersi al ...

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