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War against terrorism in Kenya receives major boost as Al-Shabaab sympathizers are jailed in the US

On March 31 two women in the US were sentenced to more than a decade in prison for providing support to terror groups in Kenya and Somalia.

Al-Shabab Militia group

The two Muna Osman Jama and Hinda Osman Dhirane were arrested in 2014 for providing material support to Al-Shabaab.

Jama, 36, and Dhirane, 46 will spend twelve and Eleven years respectively in prison. They have been charged with sending money to the terror group that has been behind a number of attacks in Kenya and Somalia.

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The two allegedly used chatrooms to raise money for the terror group while expressing their support for Al-Shabaab.

According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), one of the safe houses was used by Al-Shabaab to store weapons and prepare for attacks.

The DOJ statement states that both women were recorded laughing at the killings that occurred at the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi and the 2014 Boston Marathon bombing.

Their defence attorney had argued before the court that the women should not be be criminally prosecuted based solely on their advocacy for Al-Shabaab saying it is a freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment.

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