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Matiang’i Goes After Nine Kenyans Over Terror Links

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Interior CS Fred Matiangi on Wednesday September 2 ordered the accounts of nine Kenyans be frozen over links with terrorism.

They had their ID numbers and passport numbers frozen and they included; Halima Ali, Waleed Zein, Sheikh Boru,Mohammed Ali, Nuseiba Haji, Abdimajit Hassan, Mohammed Ali Abdi, Muktar Ali and Mire Elmi.

“I order the freezing of funds and property of the following individuals and entities,” Matiangi revealed in a statement seen by 254news.co.ke.

Statement by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i regarding the freezing of the nine Kenyan accounts over terror links. Source: Twitter

Matiangi further added they will continue to disrupt terrorist operations with a sole focus on bringing to book the perpetrators.

“Terrorism knows no bounds. We shall neither surrender into the hands of terrorism nor play into the narrative propounded by terrorists,” he decried.

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

Last year, the government created special forums to fight extremism across the country.

The initiative is meant to end radicalisation and recruitment of youth into terrorism.

Al Shabaab extremists in training. Source: Kenyans.co.ke

“We already have a national strategy for countering violent extremism. The government has issued directives that the strategy should equally be replicated at the county level,” NCTC official Wilson Jenga disclosed.

The order comes shortly after a member of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group who claimed he participated in the deadly El-Adde attack where more than 150 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops died surrendered to Kenyan authorities on Wednesday September 1.

According to Standard Digital, officials revealed they are holding Khalif Abdinoor Mohamed who 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.

The El-Adde attack took place in January 2016 when Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked a KDF camp at night killing dozens of troops.

Kenya has not seen any terrorist attack this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic suspending most terror activities.

On January 5, 2020, Somali-based extremist group Al-Shabaab attacked the Kenya Navy camp in Manda Bay, which is also home to US marines.

The group invaded the airstrip at Manda Bay, targeting US aircrafts and leaving three Americans dead.

The country lost 83 people in 2019 as a result of terror attacks, a 20 per cent increase from 2018 when such deaths stood at 56, according to a new report released by the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (Chrips) in March 2020.

Events from the 14 Riverside attack in January 2019. Source: Citizen Digital

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