The Somali government on Saturday announced a $2 million bounty on the head of new Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Omar Abu Ubeyd.
“The government offers $1 million for information leading to the arrest of the new Al-Shabaab leader and $1 million for information leading to his death,” the National Intelligence and Security Agency [NISA] said in a statement.
The statement said that the identity of people giving the information will not be revealed.
Former Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane had been killed by a U.S. drone strike earlier this month in the Lower Shebelle Region.
Last month, the Somali government and African peacekeepers launched a massive joint military operation – “Operation Indian Ocean” – against Al-Shabaab, which has since seen the group lose most of its strongholds.
Somalia, a long-troubled country in the Horn of Africa, has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.