Somalia to halt charcoal trade

2014-10-12 07:41

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Barawe - Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said on Saturday he would halt charcoal exports from Barawe, a port town recaptured from an Islamist group who UN investigators said had benefitted from the illegal trade.

The UN Security Council forbade charcoal exports from Somalia in 2012 in a bid to cut off al-Shabaab's funding, but the group largely ignored the ban.

The UN Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring group said in a report that the militants had earned tens of millions dollars in the past year from charcoal exports using the southern ports of Barawe and Kismayu.

The al Qaeda-affiliated group wants to impose its strict version of Islamic law on the Horn of Africa nation and has carried out attacks on neighbouring countries such as Kenya.

Mohamud made the announcement during his first trip to Barawe since a force of African Union peacekeepers and Somali army drove out al Shabaab on Sunday.

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