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U.S. to offer millions in bounty for Somali militants

U.S. officials say the Obama administration will offer up to $33 million in rewards for information about top members of an Islamist extremist group in Somalia linked to al-Qaeda.
Members of Somalia's al-Shabab militant group patrol on foot on the outskirts of Mogadishu on March 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

U.S. officials say the Obama administration will offer up to $33 million in rewards for information about top members of an Islamist extremist group in Somalia linked to al-Qaeda.

The rewards for the leaders of the al-Shabab militia movement will be announced Thursday by the U.S. State Department.

The bounties will be administered by the department's Rewards for Justice program. It will be the first time the program has offered rewards for members of al-Shabab, which is accused of terrorist attacks in Somalia, Uganda and Kenya. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the bounties have not yet been announced.

The program will offer up to $7 million for al-Shabab's founder, up to $5 million for three of his main associates and up to $3 million for two other top members.

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