Kenya extremist group behind 3 tons ivory shipment seized in Thailand

  • By ELI
  • June 6, 2015

Kenya has released details that implicate the separatist group thought to be responsible for terrorist attacks on the Indian Ocean coast with the 3 tonnes of ivory seized in Thailand last month.

Intelligence by the police shows that proceeds from poaching are being used to finance to terrorism and activities of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC). “Intelligence gathered so far confirms a growing nexus between poaching and financing of crime including terrorism. In this case, we believe that this haul was meant to facilitate the activities of MRC,” Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery said in a statement.

According to police boss David Kimaiyo (press conference September 7, 2014), the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) has established links with the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab and the two organisations are now working closely.

Mombasa Republican Council was formed in 1999 to address perceived political and economic discrimination against the people of the coast province. According to Kenyan officials the MRC secessionist group has re-formed itself during 2014 as the Pwani Democratic Movement (PDM) and is actively recruiting new members in the Coast region as well as inciting violence.

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