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Chief terrorism financiers unveiled

27 June 2014, 10:17

Nairobi - It has been established that terrorist activities in East Africa are funded by illegal trade in government trophies and charcoal.


A report released Tuesday by United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) indicates that terrorists make an average of KES 4 billion annually from illegal charcoal trade.


Terror groups in Africa also make good fortunes from taxing illegal charcoal, Daily Nation reports.


"A new report by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and INTERPOL warns that global environment crime, which is worth up to 213 billion U.S. dollars each year, is helping to finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups," said UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric at a daily briefing.


This comes even as the country steps up measures to curb poaching.


On Wednesday, Xinhua reported that the Office of the First Lady signed a partnership agreement with UN Development Programme (UNDP) on anti-poaching and wildlife conservation efforts.

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