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War on terror: CS Matiang’i freezes assets of persons accused of financing Al-Shabaab

By Betty Njeru | September 2nd 2020
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i. [Edward Kiplimo/Standard]

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered the immediate freezing of assets attached to nine individuals, alleged to finance Al-Shabaab operations.  

The Ministry has identified Halima Adan Ali, Waleed Ahmed Zein, Sheikh Guyo Gorsa Boru, Mohammed Abdi Ali alias Abu Fidaa, Nusiba Mohammed Haji, Abdimajit Adan Hassan, Mohammed Ali Abdi, Muktar Ibrahim Ali, and Mire Abdullahi Elmi as some of the individuals and entities supporting terrorist activities in Kenya.

In a statement, CS Matiang’i said that his ministry will not relent or hesitate to subject any individual or entity seeking to harm Kenyans to the full force of the law.

“The enemy is progressively planting operatives among civilians strategically to advance his agenda through recruitment and radicalization to violent extremism and terrorism,” the statement read in part.

The CS further said his ministry will continue to disrupt terrorist operations and purpose on bringing the perpetrators, financiers and sponsors of these barbaric acts to book, as is in line with the country’s laws and international obligations.

“The only way to deny terrorists the means to threaten our way of life is to choke their facilitation networks,” Matiang’i added.

This comes in the backdrop as a self-confessed Al-Shabaab terrorist surrendered to Kenyan authorities on Wednesday.

Khalif Abdinoor Mohamed told police during investigations that he participated in the deadly El-Adde attack where more than 150 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops died.

Mohamed also claimed that he joined the militia group which has links with the Al-Qaeda terror group and has been working with Somalia based Al-Shabaab group since 2013.

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