Two Somalis sanctioned by the US for attacking a Kenyan base
The United States has placed heavy sanctions on two individuals believed to have planned the attack on the Manda Bay Base in Kenya that took place on the 7th of January.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, listed Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs). The attack led to the destructions of an aircraft. Five terrorists were killed during the attack.
Al-Shabaab has been conducting attacks on Kenyan soil for nearly a decade because the Kenyan military has supported the central government in Somalia. These attacks most often involve the killing of Christians in small villages or those who are riding on buses.
When found, the Christians are separated from their neighbours and forced to recite the Islamic Shahada, the statement of faith. Should they refuse, they are executed. This happens several times a year and has led to the deaths of more than one hundred Kenyan Christians over the past five years.