12 March 2018

Kenya: Duo Wanted Globally for Terrorism

Nairobi — THE United States (US) has listed two al-Shabaab kingpins from Kenya as global terrorists.

Ahmad Ali and Abdifatah Abdi have been listed as the US marked 20 years to the killing of over 200 people in simultaneous truck bomb explosions at its embassies in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Ali is the alleged mastermind of the killing of more than 100 Kenya soldiers in neighbouring Somalia in 2016. He has served as the terror group's leader in Kenya since 2012.

Abdi is wanted in connection with the 2014 attack in the southeastern Mpeketoni in Kenya where more than 60 people were killed.

Both men are accused of recruiting militia to the extremist al-Shabaab, which is based in Somalia.

The US this past weekend remembered those lost in the bombing of its embassy in Nairobi in 1998.

Speaking in Nairobi, US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, paid tribute to those killed during an attack that was allegedly plotted by global terror leader, Osama bin Laden.

Tillerson pledged his government's commitment to work with the East African country to eliminate terror groups.

"As our work continues to end terrorism, those who sought to divide us here have failed," he said.

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