Somalia sets $500 bounty on al-Qaida-linked rebels

April 19, 2012 16:09


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MOGADISHU - Somalia on Wednesday set a $500 award for anyone who captures or kills a militant from the al-Qaida-linked militant group of al Shabaab which has been attacking government and African Union peacekeepers in the capital Mogadishu.

"Now, consider that every al Shabaab is just like a commodity that will earn you cash," Mogadishu mayor Mohamud Ahmed Nur was quoted as saying in a government statement.

Islamist militants withdrew from the capital in August but continued to launch deadly guerrilla-style 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.

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