Kenya’s Interior Minister Fred Matiang’ i has named nine individuals whom he said were responsible for the financing of the terrorist group Al-Shabaab.
Matiang’ i said the nine had been identified as key in bankrolling the terror group which has conducted several attacks in both Kenya and Somalia killing thousands and destroying property.
“I order the freezing of funds and property of the following individuals and entities,” a statement from the minister read in part.
The nine individuals are Halima Ali, Waleed Zein, Sheikh Boru, Mohammed Ali, Nuseiba Haji, Abdimajit Hassan, Mohammed Ali Abdi, Muktar Ali and Mire Elmi.
The names are listed alongside the IDs and passport numbers.
The minister noted it was necessary to deny the terrorists the means of threatening lives by ‘choking their facilitation networks’.
“As part of our comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy, we continue to disrupt terrorist operations with a sole focus on bringing to book the perpetrators, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts in line with our national laws and international obligations,” he said.
Al-Shabaab, which is affiliated to Al-Qaeda, has long-established finance networks in the region to run its operations which have spread beyond Somali into the region.