Kenya imposes sanctions on al-Shabaab financiers


Kenya’s Minister of Interior and Security Fred Matiangi has issued an urgent order to freeze the accounts of people linked to al-Shabaab financing.

The people whose accounts were ordered by the minister are Kenyan nationals, with a total of nine people.

Nine people accused of financing al-Shabab attacks in Kenya in retaliation, and fighting between the government of Kenya.

“I am ordering the freezing of funds and assets of the following individuals and entities,” Kenyan Interior and Security Minister Fred Matiangi said in a statement.

He added: “Terrorism has no control and we will not give up.”

Matiangi argues that the only way to defeat terrorists is to destroy the networks that facilitate their operations, which are part of the financial backing.

The nine people whose accounts have been frozen for terrorist financing are:

Halima Ali, Waleed Zein, Sheikh Boru, Mohammed Ali, Nuseiba Haji, Abdimajit Hassan, Mohammed Ali Abdi, Muktar Ali and Mire Elmi.

Kenya has come under constant attack from Al-Shabaab militants, as recent planned attacks inside the country have failed.

The move comes a year after the Kenyan government set up special anti-extremism councils.

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