, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 1 – The United States has frozen property linked to Abdiqadir Mumin, the head of ISIL in East Africa and prohibited any transactions with him.
A statement from the Office of the Spokesman, State Department in Washington DC points out that the sanctions were effected since he poses “a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”
“As a result of this designation, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Mumin has any interest is blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with Mumin,” It indicated.
Mumin is the head of a group of ISIL-linked individuals in East Africa.
Mumin, a former Al Shabaab recruiter and spokesman, pledged allegiance to ISIL, along with around 20 of his followers, in October 2015, and has set up a base in Puntland, Somalia.
According to the statement, since then, Mumin has expanded his cell of ISIL supporters by kidnapping young boys aged 10 to 15, indoctrinating them and forcing them to take up militant activity.
The imposition of sanctions by the United States against terrorists is a powerful tool.
It emphasised that the action notifies the US public and the international community that Mumin is actively engaged in terrorism.
The action comes in the wake of the arrest of two University students in Kenya radicalised and lured to join the ISIS group in Libya in the coastal town of Malindi.
The two medical interns at Malindi sub-county hospital were arrested by a joint team of detectives from Nairobi and Mombasa.
A senior officer involved in the operation says, detectives were able to intercept communication of the two, as they planned to travel to join the ISIS militants.
They were allegedly recruited by Mohammed Abdi Ali, one of the students arrested after police foiled a planned anthrax attack on April 29.