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US offers $5 mn for arrest of tweeting US jihadi
Nairobi, March 21, 2013
First Published: 21:38 IST(21/3/2013)
Last Updated: 22:25 IST(21/3/2013)

Will the allure of a $5 million reward be the downfall of a tweeting, rapping American jihadi who once fought alongside the Somali militant group al-Shabab but now denounces their methods and motivations in online feuds?

A US State Department official said on Thursday that the $5 million reward offered for Omar Hammami could exploit what are believed to be fault lines between Somali groups that may be for and against Hammami. The Alabama-born American was once high in the ranks of al-Shababab but has since had a falling out with the group's leader.

The US announced on Wednesday the $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Hammami and another $5 million reward for a second American fighting in Somalia, Jehad Mostafa.

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