Somalia: Al-Shabab leader says he has quit al-Qaida-linked terror group and renounces violence

January 27, 2015 2:46 PM

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Somalia: Al-Shabab leader says he has quit al-Qaida-linked terror group and renounces violence

A former senior Al-Shabab commander, Zakariya Ismail Hersi , speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Jan, 27, 2015. The former leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab with a $3 million bounty on his head has announced he has quit the militants insurgency and renounced violence perpetrated by the al-Qaida-linked group. Speaking to the media for the first time Tuesday since his surrender last year Zakariya Ismail Hersi, who was al-Shabab’s intelligence chief called for reconciliation. Hersi surrendered to Somali authorities late December. It’s not clear who gets the bounty. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) (The Associated Press)

A former senior Al-Shabab commander, Zakariya Ismail Hersi , speaks during a press conference at the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, Tuesday, Jan, 27, 2015. The former leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab with a $3 million bounty on his head has announced he has quit the mili...

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