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Former Va. resident added to FBI’s most wanted terrorist list

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Jan 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-29 18:01:07-05

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. citizen of Somali descent who lived in Virginia has been added to the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list.

Twenty-nine-year-old Liban Haji Mohamed is suspected of providing material support to an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Somalia.

Before leaving the U.S to allegedly join Al Shabaab in 2012, the FBI  said Mohamed lived in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C. and worked as a taxi driver.

“Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for many bombings in Somalia and Uganda and the 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya,”Carl Ghattas, special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division at the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said. “Liban Mohamed is believed to have left the U.S. with the intent to join al Shabaab in East Africa. We believe he is currently there operating on behalf of that terrorist organization.”

Ghattas said it is crucial to find Mohamed because he has knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure.

“This makes him an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil,” Ghattas said.

The FBI is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to Mohamed’s arrest and conviction.