Yasin Kilwe was born in Somalia in 1981. He is also called Yasin Cisman Khaalid. He is al-Shabaab's emir for Puntland, in northern Somalia. As the leader of the Galgala Hills militia in the Golis mountains, Kilwe pledged allegiance to al-Shabaab and al-Qaida in a recorded statement publicized by an al-Shabaab-controlled radio station in late February 2012. Al-Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi aw-Godane officially appointed Kilwe al-Shabaab's leader in the region. Kilwe is from the Dubays clan, a subclan of Warsangali. Hehas been accused of planning attacks targeting Puntland security officials. Al-Shabaab was the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts that took over most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006. It has continued its violent insurgency in southern and central Somalia. The group has claimed responsibility for many bombings -- including the twin suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, on July 11, 2010, which killed more than 70 people. The US Department of State is offering a $3 million reward for information that helps to capture Yasin.