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Former Virginia Cab Driver Turned FBI Most-Wanted Terrorist Reportedly Detained In Somalia

The FBI placed Liban Haji Mohamed on its list of most-wanted terrorists in January for allegedly providing support to al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda.

A former Virginia cab driver who was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for allegedly supporting terrorists has been detained in Somalia, according to multiple reports.

Somalia’s National Security Services said on its Facebook page Tuesday that its agents captured Liban Haji Mohamed in Mogadishu.

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The security services posted the news after U.S. officials told the Washington Post late Tuesday that the 29-year-old had been captured.

The FBI declined comment on the reported arrest to BuzzFeed News.

The FBI placed Mohamed on its list of most-wanted terrorists in January and offered a reward of $50,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Mohamed is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, and used to work as a cab driver in the suburbs of Washington D.C.

According to the FBI, while in Virginia he began to work as a “recruiter and radicalizer” for al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda linked terror group in Somalia.

In July 2012, Mohamed allegedly left the U.S. for East Africa to join the militant group. The FBI said they believed he has since been working there as an operative.

“It is important for us to locate Mohamed because he has knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure such as shopping areas, Metro, airports, and government buildings,” Carl Ghattas, the special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division at the FBI’s Washington field office, said in a press release. “This makes him an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia has issued a warrant for Mohamed’s arrest on charges of providing support to al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda.

Officials told the Washington Post that the U.S. is working to bring Mohamed back to the U.S. They said it will be difficult because the U.S. and Somalia don’t have an extradition treaty.

The FBI said Mohamed is a known associate of Zachary Chesser, a man who was convicted in 2011 of providing support to al-Shabaab.

The FBI became familiar with Mohamed during their investigation of Chesser, the Washington Post reported. Officials wanted to arrest Mohamed while he was living in Virginia, but didn’t have the evidence.

According to officials, the FBI planned to intercept Mohamed as he tried to travel to Africa via Mexico. However, Mohamed was able to leave the country undetected, the Washington Post reported.

An attorney for Mohamed’s family told the Washington Post that his relatives don’t buy the charges because they have family members that have been killed by al-Shabaab.

The family has not talked to Mohamed since 2012, the lawyer said.

Obama won’t like this deadpan snark from Bret Baier, so take a look!

Well, that’s pretty much an evergreen tweet. But what sparked it this time? This awesomely deadpan snarky tweet from Fox News’ Bret Baier:

if u want a breakdown of the "Khorasan Group" -or whomever we were striking in Syria..This is it -hint: core al Qaeda http://t.co/nc0eK2l3Pq

— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) September 29, 2014

O-Bam! But … but … how can that be?

@BretBaier No. No. al Qaeda is on the run. Pres, Obama said so.

— B. Ray Holland (@brayholland) September 29, 2014

@BretBaier Shuuuuuuuh Obama says core al Qaeda is wiped out. Lol

— Buddy Boehm (@UncleBudDiesel) September 29, 2014

@BretBaier I thought Al Qaeda was already destroyed!

— Ric Paul (@ric4100) September 29, 2014

@BretBaier @sandy_hamilton All names of top leadership are the same as were under Bin Laden…check Bush's deck of 'most wanted' cards.

— Dianne (@Fairfax51) September 29, 2014

@BretBaier I thought Al Queda was on the Run. More changing of names to confuse everyone by Obama!

— Gary Tanner (@whithorn20) September 29, 2014

Yep.

@BretBaier Change the name to fool the public. A barbarian is a barbarian, whatever name the administration calls them

— octavo (@joelbernstein) September 29, 2014

@BretBaier @marthamaccallum Of course it is; Admin changes the name but the players "roots" are the same = al Qaeda; wasn't decimated!

— Tony Lockhart (@tonylb17) September 30, 2014

@BretBaier As Andrew McCarthy says Obama Made Up Khorasan to Deceive American People. He Can't say al Quaeda anymore. http://t.co/v4GJZsOZ8M

— MadBob (@BaylorBob) September 29, 2014

And an exit reminder about who is really “JV.”

@BretBaier @marthamaccallum But al Qaeda was on the run. Guess we know where they ran. #jayveePresident

— Tricia Edwards (@TriciaEdwards2) September 30, 2014

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