The U.S. State Department has withdrawn its reward offer for Mukhtar Robow, a former leader of the Somali militant group al-Shabab.
But soon afterward, Robow exiled himself from the group because of long-running disputes with its emir, Ahmed Abdi Godane. He spent recent years living in his hometown of Abal, south of Huddur, in Somalia’s Bakool region.
Robow has his own militias from his own clan in the area.
Godane was killed by a U.S. missile strike in 2014.
VOA State Department correspondent Nike Ching and Harun Maruf of VOA’s Somali service contributed to this report.