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    Ports Ministry is looking into Al Shabaab extortion at the port of Mogadishu

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    According to the federal Ministry of Ports and Maritime Transport, it is known that Al Shabaab is receiving access to confidential business information.

    The ministry said in a statement issued on Thursday that it contacted security agencies to look into the citizen complaints.

    All shipping agents and port stakeholders have been warned by the ministry that the government will seize the assets of businesses that help Al Shabaab gather information.

    It is recognised by the federal Ministry of Ports and Maritime Transport that Al Shabaab has access to sensitive corporate data.

    In a statement released on Thursday, the ministry claimed that it had contacted security agencies to look into the citizen complaints.

    The ministry has issued a warning to all shipping agents and port stakeholders that the government will seize the property of companies that assist Al Shabaab in gathering intelligence.

    This choice is a component of a larger government initiative to undermine Al Shabab’s sophisticated financial network, which is estimated to generate more than $100 million yearly.

    On Monday, the US government imposed sanctions on financial intermediaries for Al Shabaab. These people are the group’s main negotiators with Somalian small businesses.

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