The United States (U.S.) government has offered a $5 million bounty for information on the location of Jehad Serwan Mostafa.
Popularly called Ahmed Gurey, Mostafa, 41 is a high-ranking member of the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militant group located in Somalia.
The U.S. citizen and former Carlifornia resident has held leadership positions with the terrorist group responsible for attacks in East African countries, according to the State Department Rewards for Justice Programme.
“With al-Shabaab, Mostafa has functioned in many critical capacities, including serving as a military instructor at the group’s training camps, leading foreign fighters, operating in the group’s media wing, acting as an intermediary between al-Shabaab and other terrorist organisations, and leading the group’s use of explosives in terrorist attacks,” The US State Department Rewards for Justice said Sunday.
He participated in attacks against Ethiopian forces before joining al-Shabaab in 2008.
He played a key role in planning operations in Somalia and East Africa against the Somali government and internationally supported African Union soldiers.
Mostafa was charged on charges of conspiring to provide material assistance to terrorists, conspiring to offer material support to al-Shabaab, and giving material support to al-Shabaab on October 9, 2009.
On December 2, 2019, he was charged with terrorism-related activities in a superseding indictment unsealed in federal court in the United States.
He is on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List.