MOGADISHU: Somalia has set a $500 award for anyone who captures or kills a militant from the al Qaeda-linked militant group al Shabaab which has been attacking government and African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu.
“Now, consider every al Shabaab a commodity that will earn you cash,” Mogadishu mayor Mohamud Ahmed Nur said in a statement. Addressing Mogadishu residents, Nur said the government would offer $500 for every “captured or killed terrorist”.
Islamist militants withdrew from the capital in August but continued to launch attacks against Somali and African Union troops. Kenyan and Ethiopian forces are also battling al Shabaab militants from entrenched positions in the southern and central parts of the lawless Horn of Africa country.
The cash reward is likely to appeal to many Somalis in an impoverished country where hundreds of thousands of Somalis were left on the brink of starvation following last year’s famine.