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U.S. Offers Bounty for Two Americans Tied to Terror Group

March 20 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is offering as much as $10 million for information on two American citizens with ties to the Somalia-based terrorist group al-Shabaab, the FBI said today.

The rewards from the U.S. State Department total $5 million apiece for intelligence leading to the arrests or convictions of Jehad Mostafa, a former resident of San Diego, California, and Omar Hammami, a former resident of Daphne, Alabama, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced. Both individuals are on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

Hammami was indicted by a federal court in Alabama in September 2009 on charges that included providing material support to al-Shabaab. He moved to Somalia in 2006 and has served as a propagandist for al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab, helping recruit English-speaking youth through writings, rap songs and video statements, State Department officials said.

Mostafa was indicted in October 2009 on similar charges by a federal court in California. He re-located to Somalia in 2005 and has served as a “media expert” and leader of foreign fighters for al-Shabaab, according to the State Department.

The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security operates the Rewards for Justice program, which since its inception in 1984 has paid out more than $125 million for information resulting in the arrests or convictions of alleged terrorists.

To contact the reporter on this story: Phil Mattingly in Washington at pmattingly@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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