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Somalia: UN sanctions three Al-Shabaab leaders at the request of the Somali government

New York – In a major move to combat terrorism, the United Nations Security Council sanctioned three leaders of the militant group Al-Shabaab following a request from the Somali government.

The decision was made public on May 23, 2024 and is directed at three people identified as key figures in the organization:

1. Abdukadir Ikrima, is a Somali citizen and also holds a Kenyan passport.

2. Mohamed Mohamud Mire.

3. Mohamed Omar Mohamed.

The sanctions involve the freezing of assets and a travel ban, with the aim of disrupting the activities of these individuals and the organizations they represent. This action is part of ongoing efforts to improve security and stability in Somalia, a country that has been grappling with terrorism and insurgency for years.

The Somali government has been working closely with international partners, including the United Nations, to combat Al-Shabaab, a group known for its violent attacks and control over parts of the country.

The sanctions are an important step forward in this ongoing battle and demonstrate the international community’s commitment to supporting Somalia’s efforts to eradicate terrorism.

The UK Government, through its mission in Somalia, has also expressed its support for these efforts, emphasizing the importance of tackling terrorism for a safer future for all Somalis.

The move has been welcomed by many, who see it as a necessary step towards peace and stability in the region.

For now, the impact of these sanctions on Al-Shabaab’s operations and the group’s response remains to be seen. However, this action sends a strong message that the international community is united against terrorism and is willing to take decisive action to combat it.

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