Federal Bureau of Investigation searching for terrorist from San Diego; offering $5 million reward


A US citizen on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List has been charged with additional crimes involving ties to Somalia's al-Shabaab rebel group, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday.

An indictment unsealed in federal court on Monday accuses Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 37, of providing material support to al-Shabaab, which the USA has designated a terrorist organization for its activities to undermine the Somali government.

'Al-Shabaab's reign of terror threatens USA national security, our global allies and innocent civilians.

The FBI says Jehad Serwan Mostafa is a most wanted terrorist who grew up and attended high school and college in San Diego.

"The FBI, the US Attorney's Office, and the State Department have continued an extensive investigation since 2010 to locate this terrorist", explained Brunner. 'The FBI has not forgotten, has not stopped working, and will not stop until Mostafa is found'.

The FBI alleged Mostafa joined the foreign terrorist group in 2006 and has served in many different roles.

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The organization was deemed a terrorist group in 2008, and a year later, he was indicted with charges of providing support to a terrorist organization, the release said.

Agents believe Mostafa has been leading al-Shabaab's explosives department and has been involved in the use of improvised explosive devices.

Shortly before Mostafa departed the United States, he married a Somalian woman. A 2010 suicide bombing at a bar in Uganda during a World Cup soccer match killed a US citizen working for a San Diego nonprofit.

In 2005, he left the country for Yemen and later Somalia, according to Scott Brunner, special agent in charge of the FBI's San Diego division.

One of the group's deadliest attacks targeted the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya that killed 60 people in 2013.

Additionally, on January 15, 2019, al-Shabaab executed a coordinated attack at the DusitD2 hotel, in Nairobi, where 16 innocent civilians were killed, including one USA citizen.