Former Al-Shabab Leader Surrenders To Somalia Soldiers
Zakariya Ismail Hersi, a former member of Al-Shabab with a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered to government forces in Somalia Saturday.By Matt Picht | December 27, 2014
A former senior official in Al-Shabab, Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group, with a $3 million bounty on his head surrendered to Somali government forces Saturday.
Zakariya Ismail Hersi was one of eight Al-Shabab officials targeted by the U.S. Department of State two years ago; the administration offered a total of $33 million for information leading to their capture. Hersi apparently handed himself in to government troops in the Gedo region without incident.
According to the government, Hersi surrendered after falling out with the militant group's current leadership. Al Jazeera reports the group claims Hersi hasn't been a member for two years, and was only ever a mid-level official.