23 September 2014

Security Council 751 and 1907 Committee on Somalia and Eritrea Adds Maalim Salman to 1844 Sanctions List

23 September 2014
Security Council
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council 751 and 1907 Committee on Somalia and Eritrea

Adds Maalim Salman to 1844 Sanctions List


On 23 September 2014, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea approved the addition of the individual specified below to the list of individuals and entities subject to the travel ban, assets freeze and targeted arms embargo imposed by paragraphs 1, 3 and 7 of resolution 1844 (2008) and paragraph 43 of resolution 2093 (2013) adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations:

(14) Maalim Salman

AKA:  Mu’alim Salman

AKA:  Mualem Suleiman

AKA:  Ameer Salman

AKA:  Ma’alim Suleiman

AKA:  Maalim Salman Ali

AKA:  Maalim Selman Ali

AKA:  Ma’alim Selman

AKA:  Ma’alin Sulayman

DOB:  circa 1979

POB:  Nairobi, Kenya

Location:   Somalia

Maalim Salman was chosen by al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed aka Godane to be the head of African foreign fighters for al-Shabaab.  He has trained foreign nationals who were seeking to join al-Shabaab as African foreign fighters, and has been involved in operations in Africa targeting tourists, entertainment establishments, and churches.

Although focused mainly on operations outside of Somalia, Salman is known to reside in Somalia and train foreign fighters in Somalia before dispatching them elsewhere.  Some of al-Shabaab’s foreign fighters also have a presence in Somalia.  For example, Salman ordered al-Shabaab foreign fighters to southern Somalia in response to an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) offensive.

Among other terrorist attacks, al-Shabaab was responsible for the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya in September 2013, which resulted in the deaths of at least 67 people.  More recently, al-Shabaab claimed the August 31, 2014 attack on the National Intelligence and Security Agency prison in Mogadishu, killing three security guards and two civilians, and injuring 15 others.

To obtain a fully updated version of the List of individuals and entities subject to the sanctions measures, Member States are encouraged to consult, on a regular basis, the Committee’s website at the following URL:

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