The US State Department has announced on Friday a reward offer of up to $ 5 million for information to identify or locate Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, a former Polisario member who became the leader of the organization of Islamic State terrorist in the Great Sahara (EI-GS).
The EI-GS group claimed responsibility for the October 2017 ambush of a joint US-Nigerian patrol near Tongo Tongo village, Niger, which resulted in the death of four US soldiers, US diplomacy recalls in a statement.
The State Department Rewards for Justice Program also offers a reward of up to $ 5 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction, in any country, of anyone who allegedly committed, conspired to commit, helped or encouraged the commission of this ambush, adds the same source.
The EI-GS group is already designated on the State Department’s blacklist as a foreign terrorist organization, and its leader, Abu Walid, has been placed on the list of specially designated global terrorists.
Former member of the so-called “Saharawi People’s Liberation Army” under the Polisario, Abu Walid later joined the jihadist group “Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa” (MUJAO), of which he was the spokesperson, during the war in Mali.
About two years after the merger of Mujao and the Signatories of the Blood, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, to form the group Al-Mourabitoune, Abu Walid announced in May 2015 that his faction had sworn allegiance to Daesh and renamed it “Islamic State in the Great Sahara”.