A extremely sought after al-Shabab chief with a $ 3m bounty on his head has surrendered to govt and African Union forces, a Somali intelligence officer has stated.
Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Geddo area where Somalia borders Kenya and Ethiopia, the officer said.
“Zakariya Ahmed was an extraordinarily senior person who worked with Godane,” stated regional military official Jama Muse, referring to former al-Shabab chief Ahmed Abdi Godane, who used to be killed by way of a US air strike in September.
“He was answerable for intelligence and budget. He used to be some of the senior al-Shabab commanders who the american citizens put some huge cash on their head,” he added.
An al-Shabab media spokesman instructed Al Jazeera that Hersi had left the team two years in the past and that he was once then a mid-degree commander – now not an intelligence chief as claimed by means of Somali officials..
military official Mohamed Osmail stated Hersi was hiding in a home in a border town, and made contact with govt officials as a way to hand himself in.
any other intelligence supply said the give up was once believed to have been motivated by way of a sequence of latest bloody splits and purges inside the workforce, with Godane having ruthlessly eliminated many of his opponents and his successor, Ahmad Umar Abu Ubaidah, continuing to handle strict internal safety.
Hersi used to be one in all eight top al-Shabab officials whom america administration offered a complete $ 33m in rewards for knowledge resulting in their seize in 2012.
despite struggling main losses equivalent to shedding main cities, al-Shabab continues to be a chance in Somalia and Kenya.
whereas the government provided an amnesty to al-Shabab members in September, not one of the key leaders of the crew has to this point taken up the provide.