The action comes as the United States seeks to focus more on exposing and disrupting “terrorist” funding networks in Africa.
The United States on Tuesday issued sanctions targeting ISIL in Somalia, naming members of the group and others it accuses of being involved in a “terrorist arms trafficking network” in East Africa .
In a statement, the US Treasury Department said several of those named in Tuesday’s action had sold weapons or were active members of al-Shabab.
The ISIL (ISIS) group claimed responsibility for two car bombs that exploded outside the Ministry of Education in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday October 29, killing at least 120 people in the deadliest explosions since a truck bomb killed more than 500 people at the same location. five years ago.
Tuesday’s action comes as Washington seeks to put more emphasis on exposing and disrupting “terrorist” funding networks in Africa, a senior Treasury official told reporters.
While Tuesday’s decision is the Treasury’s first targeting ISIL in Somalia, the official said further action is expected in the coming weeks.
In 2018, the US State Department designated ISIL in Somalia as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist”.
Among those named on Tuesday are Abdirahman Mohamed Omar, whom the Treasury has accused of being a member of ISIL in Somalia and, as of 2020, considered the most active importer of illicit arms into the state of Puntland in Somalia.
Isse Mohamoud Yusuf, designated as an arms and logistics facilitator between ISIL and Somalia in Bari in Puntland and arms smuggler, was also targeted; Abdirahman Fahiye Isse Mohamud, who he claims is an Islamic State emir in Somalia; and Mohamed Ahmed Qahiye, who the Treasury says is the head of Amniyat, the intelligence wing of Islamic State in Somalia, among others.