Rewards for Justice is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on Mohamoud Abdi Aden and any other individual responsible for the 2019 attack by al-Shabaab terrorists on the DusitD2 Hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya. On the afternoon of January 15, 2019, al-Shabaab gunmen armed with explosives, automatic weapons, and grenades attacked the DusitD2 commercial center, a 6-building complex of shops, offices, and a hotel. At least 21 people, including one U.S. citizen, were killed in the assault. Al-Shabaab —an affiliate of the al-Qa’ida terrorist organization —released live updates throughout the attack via its official Shahada News Agency and issued a press release in which it stated that the attack was in response to guidance from then al-Qa’ida leader Ayman Zawahiri.
Aden, an al-Shabaab leader, helped plan the January 2019 attack. On October 17, 2022, the Department of State designated him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, as amended.
Al-Shabaab is responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Kenya, Somalia, and neighboring countries that have killed thousands of people, including U.S. citizens. The Department of State designated al-Shabaab as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) in March 2008. In April 2010, al-Shabaab was also designated by the UN Security Council’s Somalia Sanctions Committee pursuant to paragraph 8 of resolution 1844 (2008).