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Wildlife crime bankrolling terror, militia groups: UN

NAIROBI: Global environmental crime is worth up to $213 billion a year and helping to finance criminal and terrorist groups threatening security and sustainable development worldwide, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN and Interpol. The report said Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels were estimated to make between $38 and $56 million (28 to 41 million euros) per year from the illegal trade in charcoal, and that ivory from poached elephants was the primary source of income for Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Ivory poaching was also carried out by rebel groups including insurgents in Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the fearsome Janjaweed — who carried out atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region — operating also in Niger and Chad. 

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