US lists Shabaab leaders in Kenya as global terrorists

Members of Al-Shabaab at an undisclosed location in Somalia. The Somalia-based terrorists claimed the attack killed 15 soldiers, according to US extremism monitor SITE. PHOTO | FILE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Ali has directed Shabaab’s Kenyan operations for the past six years and is believed responsible for hundreds of deaths.
  • Abdi is wanted in connection with the June 2014 attacks in Mpeketoni, Kenya that claimed more than 60 lives.

The US State Department has listed two Kenyan leaders of Al-Shabaab as “specially designated global terrorists”.

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