Liban Haji Mohamed, also known as Abu Ayrow, Shirwa, Shirwac, Qatiluhum, and Qatil, was born on January 4, 1986. He is a naturalized American citizen who immigrated to the USA from Somalia.
The FBI describes Mohamed as “a recruiter and radicalizer for al Shabaab.”
On the run for almost eight years, he is wanted for allegedly providing material support to Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda, and is believed to have left the U.S. on July 5, 2012, with the intent to join Al-Shabaab in East Africa.
He has lived in the Northern Virginia suburbs of the Washington, D.C. area, where he was a taxi driver.
He was charged Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia, for attempting to “recruit an undercover agent to provide combat training to al-Shabaab fighters.” He also faces charges of “planning to use his own media skills to improve al-Shabaab’s propaganda machine.”
The FBI also believes he’s an associate of terrorist Zachary Chesser, who was charged and convicted to 25 years in prison for “attempting to provide material support to al-Shabaab.” Mohamed disappeared several months after Chesser pleaded guilty to similar charges in federal court.
If convicted, Mohamed faces 30 years in federal prison.
If you have information leading to his arrest and conviction, please note that there is a reward of up to $50,000.