11 April 2014

Kenya: 20 Bank Accounts Probed Over Terror Links - Muhoro

Photo: Lucy Nyambura
Hundreds in court following the ongoing terror crackdown (file photo).

Nairobi — Detectives have launched investigations into 20 foreign and local bank accounts suspected to fund terrorism in Kenya. Criminal Investigations Department Director Ndegwa Muhoro says the accounts are being probed by the Banking Fraud Investigation Unit, which detected suspicious transactions.

"We have more than 20 accounts that we are investigating and once we have built up good evidence, we will seek advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions." "The Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Laundering Act have been operationalised; we have institutions that have been created to deal with that," he pointed out.

"We have what we call the financial reporting centre... it gives us all suspect transactions and after that we have the financial intelligence unit within the directorate of criminal investigations." He said that they are also profiling various mosques supporting terror activities and radicalisation of Muslim youths, including the Masjid Shuhadaa, which was formerly known as Masjid Musa.

Kenya has faced increased terror threats in the recent past among them the September 2013 Westgate attack that left 67 people dead. Several grenade attacks have taken place especially in the city's Eastleigh area with the recent killing six people at a restaurant.

A gun attack at a Church in Likoni by suspected terrorists in March also left six people dead. Following the attacks, the government has launched a massive crackdown targeting illegal aliens and 82 Somalis have since been deported.

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