Gov’t challenged to introduce policies to combat illegal trade

Written By: George Kithuka

Governments have been challenged to put in place stringent policies to combat illegal trade that remains a major source of funding for terror related activities.

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This was revealed at the fourth regional counter terrorism conference where stakeholders called for concerted efforts to dismantle illegal trade networks to combat terrorism.

Terrorism remains a major threat to peace and stability across the globe with developed democracies also suffering the effects of terror as hundreds of lives are lost and property destroyed.

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A rising threat that was the focus of discussion as delegates from around the world gathered in Nairobi to deliberate on the achievements in the war against terrorism as well as discuss the emerging challenges.

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It is here that it was revealed that terror groups have shifted their focus to illegal trade to finance their activities.

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And even as various countries record major strides in containing terror activities, it is not lost that inter-states cooperation is crucial in dismantling the groupings.

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Kenya has in recent years borne the brunt of Somalia’s Al-Shabaab terror group activities.

But the attacks have reduced drastically since Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) moved into Somalia under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to fight the militants.


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