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US State Department offers Ksh1.2B reward for terrorists behind Manda Bay attack

US State Department offers Ksh1.2B reward for information on Al-Shabaab terrorists behind the Manda Bay attack.

The U.S. Department of State is offering a  Ksh1.2B reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the 2020 terrorist attack at the Manda Bay Airfield in Kenya, which killed three Americans.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group, al-Shabaab, carried out the attack on Jan. 5 at the airfield, which is part of a Kenyan Defence Forces military base used by U.S. forces to provide training and counter-terrorism support for its East African partners.

U.S. Army Specialist Henry Mayfield Jr. and two U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contractors, Bruce Triplett and Dustin Harrison, were killed in the attack. Two other U.S. service members and a third DoD contractor, as well as a Kenyan soldier, were also injured.

The attack also destroyed six U.S. aircraft, one aircraft owned by the Kenyans, and several vehicles.

Al-Shabaab subsequently released a video claiming responsibility for the attack.

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In a video shared on Thursday, January 5, Paul Houston, Deputy Secretary for Threat Investigations and Analysis urged anyone with information on the culprits to come forward.

He added that all information shared will be kept strictly confidential.

“Have info on the individuals responsible for the attack? Submit a tip and you could receive a reward of up to $10 million,” Houston stated.

“If you have any information on Maalim Ayman or other individuals who committed, attempted, or conspired to commit or aided and abetted in the terrorist attack on the Manda Bay Airfield in Kenya please contact Rewards for Justice via Signal, Telegram, or WhatsApp,’ he added.

According to him, Maalim Ayman was the leader of the terror group that conducted the attack. His arrest is crucial in the apprehension of other members.

“Every government and all citizens have a stake in preventing acts of terrorism. Help us bring these terrorists to justice,” he concluded.

In November 2022, the US embassy offered a Ksh1.2 billion reward for three Al-Shabaab leaders; Mahad Karte, Jehad Mostafa, and Ahmed Diriye.

“If you have information about Al-Shabaab’s illicit financial activities, submit a top via Signal, Telegram, or WhatsApp to one of the numbers listed,” read the statement in parts.

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