Federal Bureau of Investigation offering up to $5M for information on whereabouts of alleged terrorist

Clay Curtis
December 3, 2019

He was born and raised in the San Diego area, but now the FBI and federal prosecutors in Southern California believe 37-year-old Jehad Serwan Mostafa is the highest-ranking USA citizen fighting overseas with a foreign terrorist organization.

'Al-Shabaab's reign of terror threatens USA national security, our global allies and innocent civilians.

"Today, Mostafa is believed to be the highest-ranking United States citizen fighting overseas for a terrorist organization", said Scott Brunner, the agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in San Diego. "The FBI has not forgotten, has not stopped working, and will not stop until Mostafa is found".

Mostafa has remained a key figure on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List for almost a decade.

The organization was deemed a terrorist group in 2008, and a year later, he was indicted with charges of providing support to a terrorist organization, the release said.

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.

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Mostafa grew up in the San Diego area and attended the University of California, San Diego. He left in 2005, traveling first to Yemen, then Somalia, where he is now thought to be, authorities said.

Mostafa - also known as "Ahmed Gurey", "Ahmed", "Anwar", "Abu Anwar al Muhajir", and "Abu Abdallah al Muhajir" - was formerly a resident of San Diego but is now believed to be in Somalia, according to San Diego special-agent-in-charge Scott Brunner.

Mostafa was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and raised in San Diego, where authorities say he has relatives.

Shortly before Mostafa departed the U.S., he married a Somalian woman.

Federal prosecutors in San Diego say al-Shabaab's attacks have led to the injury and deaths of hundreds of African people. The group has claimed responsibility for multiple deadly attacks in recent years, mostly in East Africa.

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