Shabab referred to an incident in Koran, when a bounty of 100 camels was offered on the prophet Mohammed. The US President was then priced at one tenth of that.
Hillary Clinton fetched an even lower reward: “10 hens and 10 roosters.” Ha Ha!
Al-Qaeda(ha!)-allied Shebab rebels in Somalia offer 10 camels to anyone who help locate US President Barack Obama and mock a $33-million-US offer in return of enabling the arrest of their top leaders
Somalia's Al-Qaeda(ha!)-allied Shebab rebels Saturday mocked a US offer of up to $33 million for tip-offs enabling the arrest of its top leaders, saying they would give 10 camels to anyone who helped locate Barack Obama.
The highest price put up by the US State Department on Thursday was for Shebab chief Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed -- more commonly known as Godane or Abu Zubayr -- with a $7 million bounty for information on where he is hiding.
"I can assure you that these kind of things will never dissuade us from continuing the holy war against them [imperialists]," said another senior Shebab leader, Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, or "Shongole", in a message carried on several websites.
"There is nothing new in the fact that infidels pay to have Muslim leaders killed. They already did that by offering camels for the head of Prophet Mohammed, and the dollar is the camel of today," he said.
He was referring to an offer of 100 camels made for Prophet Mohammed when he was immigrating from Mecca to Medina, according to the Koran.
Khalaf added: "Whoever informs the mujahideen fighters of the place where Obama can be found will get 10 camels and for (US Secretary of State Hillary) Clinton, we will offer 10 roosters and 10 hens."
The State Department said in a statement announcing the bounty for seven Shebab leaders that "the group is responsible for the killing of thousands of Somali civilians, Somali peace activists, international aid workers, journalists and African Union peacekeepers".
The move by the US administration comes as African Union forces make key advances against the group.
Last week Kenyan troops together with African Union and Somali government forces captured the town of Afmadow, a strategic militant base in the south of the country. Even though Al-Shabaab still controls much of the country but is under pressure from Ethiopian troops, pro-government militias and the African Union force, which has US and European funding.
The US added Al-Shabaab to its list of foreign terrorist organisations in 2008. Al-Shabab is known to have recruited a number of foreign fighters - many of whom have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. There's our story right there. He's a mujahideen fighter against the imperialists so they want his head.