Somalia rejects handing over Al Shabaab commander to Kenya

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The federal government of Somalia has refused to handover captured Al Shabaab commander Zakariye Hersi to Kenyan authorities.

Col. Abass Gurey, a Somali security official in Gedo region, said they rejected a request from Kenyan forces in the area to handover Zakariye Hersi.

Colonel Gurey said it was impossible to give up Hersi to Kenya since he was captured inside Somalia.

The former Al Shabaab leader was captured by Somali security forces on Saturday after tip off from members of the public in Elwak.

Hersi was on a U.S. most -wanted list, and had a $3 million bounty on his head. Sources say he is expected to be airlifted to Mogadishu today.

Jowhar