US citizen on FBI Most Wanted list faces new terrorism charges

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The highest-ranked U.S. citizen on the FBI’s Most Wanted List has been charged with additional crimes, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Jehad Serwan Mostafa, a former San Diego resident, has been charged with crimes connected to Somalia’s al-Shabaab extremist group.

{mosads}Mostafa, 37, was charged with similar crimes in 2009. According to a FBI poster, there is a $5 million reward for Mostafa’s capture, the AP reports.

The FBI believes that Mostafa is now the leader of the group’s “explosives department,” according to the AP.

“Today, Mostafa is believed to be the highest-ranking United States citizen fighting overseas for a terrorist organization,” Scott Brunner, the head of the FBI office in San Diego, said Monday.

Mostafa was born in Wisconsin, but was raised in San Diego and is a 2005 graduate of the University of California, San Diego. He reportedly joined al-Shabaab in 2006.

The Somalia-based group took responsibility for two Sept. 30 attacks on U.S. and European military targets in Somalia, including an attack on Belidogle military airstrip where U.S. and Somali forces are reportedly based.

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