Nairobi, Kenya • A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, said a Somali intelligence officer Saturday.
Zakariya Ismail Ahmed Hersi surrendered to Somali police in the Gedo region, said the intelligence officer, who insisted on anonymity.
Hersi may have surrendered because he fell out with those loyal to Ahmed Abdi Godane, al-Shabab’s top leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year, the officer said.
Hersi was one of seven top al-Shabab officials whom the Obama administration offered in 2012 a total $33 million in rewards for information leading to their capture. It is not clear if the reward will be paid for Hersi because he surrendered.