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Kenya: Government closes 13 Somali transfer firms, freezes 86 Somali bank accounts


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

In an effort to prevent Somali-linked militant Islamists from using money to finance attacks, Kenya's government has ordered the closure of 13 Somali linked money transfer firms, Kenya’s interior minister told BBC.

The Kenyan government official, Joseph Nkaissery reportedly said bank accounts of 86 individuals and "entities" had also been frozen. According to a BBC report, the Kenyan government has targeted Somali-linked Bus Company and hotel.

Last Thursday, Somali based al-Shabab group attacked Kenya's Garissa University and massacred 148 people. Reports say Kenyan officials have repeatedly accused Somalis in Kenya of colluding with the militants.

Meanwhile, some 500,000 refugees are in Kenya - many of whom fled decades of conflict and drought in Somalia. BBC says Kenya also has its own Somali population - most of whom live in the capital, Nairobi, and in the north-east, where the university attack took place.

BBC Africa's Abdullahi Abdi in Nairobi says a leaked document shows that hotel and transport companies, as well as Muslim clerics and human rights organisations, risk having their bank accounts frozen.

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