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Muslim Youth Center financier arrested

November 19, 2013

The terrorist group Al-Shabaab has long received money laundered through Al Hijra, the Muslim Youth Center, in Kenya.  Authorities have probably known about Juma Abdallah Kheri, a businessman who worked with Al Hijra, for a long time, but the Westgate mall attack prompted them to apprehend him finally.  From All Africa (h/t El Grillo):

Tanzanian Police Arrest Businessman Accused of Funding Terrorist Activities

1 November 2013

Tanzanian businessman Juma Abdallah Kheri, also known as Chief Abiola and Juma Sahel, was arrested Thursday (October 31st) in Tanga region following intelligence reports that linked him to funding terrorist activities in the country, police said.

Kheri is suspected of working with and funding the Muslim Youth Centre (MYC), al-Shabaab’s affiliate in Kenya.

“He is being held under police custody with two others and the questioning is ongoing. Therefore, I cannot comment beyond this point as of now,” Tanga regional police commander Constantine Massawe told Sabahi.

Massawe said the Tanga region could also have an al-Shabaab presence because of its proximity to Mombasa, an MYC stronghold.

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