Somalia: UN Adds Senior Al-Shabaab Leaders to Sanctions List


New York (Somaliguardian) – United Nations Security Council has imposed sanctions on top Al-Shabaab leaders, as the Al-Qaeda-affiliate continues a 14-year long insurgency against western backed government in Mogadishu.

“On 26 February 2021, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia approved the addition of the entries specified below to its Sanctions List of individuals and entities subject to the measures imposed by Security Council r-esolution 1844 (2008) and adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,” UN statement reads.

Among the Al-Shabaab leaders, who have been added to the UN sanctions list are Abukar Ali Adan, Maalim Ayman and Mahad Karate “for engaging in or support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Somalia” and other countries in the region.

The UN says Mr Adan has ties with other Al-Qaeda-affiliates including those in Yemen and west and north of Africa.

“Ayman helped with preparations for the 5 January 2020 attack on Camp Simba in Lamu County, Kenya,” the UN statement added.

“Karate played a key role in the Amniyat, the wing of al-Shabaab responsible for the recent attack on Garissa University College in Kenya that resulted in nearly 150 deaths. The Amniyat is al-Shabaab’s intelligence wing, which plays a key role in the execution of suicide attacks and assassinations in Somalia, Kenya, and other countries in the region, and provides logistics and support for al-Shabaab’s terrorist activities.”

Al-Shabaab has not immediately commented on the UN decision, which comes after weeks the US and Somalia governments have been pressing for adding the three Islamist leaders to the UN sanctions list.

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