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US citizen raised in San Diego faces new terrorism charges

FBI's most wanted list US citizen raised in San Diego faces new terrorism charges
Deanna Wagner | 03 December, 2019, 19:37

The FBI's Rewards for Justice Program is offering a $5 million reward for information leading to Mostafa's arrest or conviction in any country.

An indictment unsealed in federal court on Monday accuses Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 37, of providing material support to al-Shabaab, which the US has designated a terrorist organization for its activities to undermine the Somali government. Federal Bureau of Investigation leaders worry that Mostafa's USA roots could pose a danger to Americans at home or internationally because of a recent call inside al-Shabaab for attacks on US citizens.

Mostafa is charged with criminal activities dating from 2008 to 2017, though authorities told reporters Monday that he's believed to still be working in a central role planning Shabab's operations against the government of Somalia.

Mostafa remains a key figure on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List.

Regarded now as the highest-ranking USA citizen fighting overseas with a terrorist organisation, Mostafa was first charged in 2009 with several counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation - however he has remained at large.

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It's also alleged the 37-year-old worked as a propagandist for the terror organization and was a leader in the group's use explosives in terror attacks.

Mostafa grew up in San Diego, Calif., where he also graduated from college. He left in 2005, traveling first to Yemen, then Somalia, where he is now thought to be, authorities said.

But now, under the new superseding indictment, Wisconsin-born Mostafa has been accused of playing a critical role in al-Shabab, which promotes an Islamic state and has killed thousands of people since its inception in 2006.

Shortly before Mostafa departed the U.S., he married a Somalian woman. The group has claimed responsibility for multiple deadly attacks in recent years, mostly in East Africa. The 2013 attack on a shopping mall in Kenya killed and injured dozens, including a graduate of a San Diego-area high school.