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Kenyan police offer 160,000-USD bounties for terror suspects
Last Updated: 2017-09-06 08:15 | Xinhua
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Kenyan authorities on Tuesday offered a reward of 160,000 U.S. dollars for information that may lead to the arrest of seven terror suspects believed to be operating in the country.

The police said the eight with 20,000 dollar bounty each want to form their own group within the vast Boni Forest in Lamu County using Al-Shabaab's resources.

The militants have been using Boni forest as their hideout to recruit and train the militants.

The police report said Kenyan Al-Shabaab leader, Ahmed Iman Ali, with the alias Abu Zinira, together with seven other senior Kenyan fighters, are contemplating defection from the group after being disgruntled and fearing execution.

The 21-page report reveals Iman's motivation to leave the group, his activities since he joined the militia and his networks in Kenya.

"The objective of the local group is to penetrate the country, particularly North Eastern and Coastal parts, and spread its influence," said the report.

The police said Iman's plan to leave Al-Shabaab is likely to demoralize foreign fighters including those from Tanzania, Uganda,Egyptand Libya.

"It is feared that his exit will worsen the already existing tension between local Somali fighters and foreign fighters," the report said.

The report said Iman's command of religious and secular education, oratory skills, as well as charisma has endeared him to many foreign fighters.

The report revealed that Iman had issued two conditions for his surrender: that his family members will not be prosecuted and that he will not be turned to the Somali government or other countries that may want to try him.

The report said Al-Shabaab is currently facing a mass exodus as fighters scramble to take up the amnesty offer by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and also given the heavy offensive against them by AMISOM, U.S. Special Forces and the Somali National Army.

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