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San Diego-Raised Man Now Leading Terrorists In Africa, Officials Say

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San Diego-Raised Man Now Leading Terrorists In Africa, Officials Say

Jehad Serwan Mostafa plays a critical role in one of Africa's deadliest terror groups, federal authorities said.

By Tim Stelloh

A man raised in San Diego has become a leader of one of Africa’s deadliest terror groups and the highest-ranking U.S. citizen fighting with foreign terrorists, federal authorities said Monday.

Prosecutors in California disclosed the allegations against Jehad Serwan Mostafa, 37, by unsealing an indictment accusing him of providing critical support to the East African terror group al-Shabab.

Mostafa was indicted in 2009 on similar crimes, but he has remained at large — even after a $5 million reward for his arrest and conviction was offered, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said in a news release.

The charges announced Monday allege that he now plays a critical role in al-Shabab, which promotes an Islamic state and has killed thousands of people since its founding in 2006.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/san-diego-raised-man-now-leading-terrorists-africa-officials-say-n1094641