April 13, 2010 / 11:14 PM / 10 years ago

Obama blocks assets of Somali group linked to Al Qaeda

WASHINGTON, April 13 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced an executive order on Tuesday blocking the U.S. assets of an Islamic Somali insurgent group that professes loyalty to al Qaeda, and 11 individuals he linked to conflict and piracy in the anarchic country.

Obama targeted al-Shabaab, whose control of much of central and southern Somalia has left the Western-backed government in possession of little more than the capital, Mogadishu.

Gangs operating from Somalia have seized dozens of ships in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden in the last few years, defying western powers and the United Nations. (Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Chris Wilson)

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