Kenya: Prominent Al-Shabab commander linked to multi-million businesses in Kenya

Al Shabab fighters train outside Mogadishu in 2011. The U.S. has increased operations against the group, bombing a militant training camp in March. The Pentagon said the strike killed over 150 militants. MOHAMED SHEIKH NOR/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Security agents in Kenya are investigating reports linking a prominent al-Shabaab commander, Ahmed Iman Ali, to several multi-million dollar businesses in Nairobi.

Ali, who is an engineering graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University, mainly deals in second-hand shoes and clothes at stalls, go-downs and boutiques located in Gikomba and Majengo markets.

He also owns a nursery school, and makes more money renting out open stalls in Pumwani Estate,Daily Nation reports.

Part of the proceeds of the businesses was allegedly sent back to Ali in his Somali hideout to finance terrorism.

Ali is said to be the head of video production for al-Shabaab and is no stranger to Kenyan security agents.

In February, he released a video celebrating the murder of over 200 Kenyan troops in El Adde, Somalia.

According to Standard, Ali has lived in several counties in the country, and has been on the police radar, with KES 300 bounty having been placed on his head.