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(Ex) Al Shabaab leader in custody in Somalia

4w ago
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Officials in Somalia say a senior member of the Islamist group Al Shabaab has been captured in a town near the Kenyan border. The district commissioner of El Waq (in Gedo region) told the BBC that forces found Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi hiding in a house after receiving a tip off. In 2012 the US government offered a three-million-dollar reward for information leading to the location of Mr Hersi, describing him as Al Shabaab's head of intelligence. Al Shabaab said Mr Hersi left the movement about two years ago, and that he had never occupied a senior position. In 2013 Mr Hersi fell out with the group's then leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in a US air strike four months ago.