Al-Shabab militants have carried out many attacks in Somalia

The US has blacklisted several individuals in Somalia accused of giving the Islamist al-Shabab group financial and other material assistance.

Washington says they are part of a network that has engaged in smuggling weapons from local and foreign sources.

This comes a day after the Somali authorities warned businesses in the capital, Mogadishu, against paying taxes to the al-Qaeda affiliate.

Al-Shabab frequently extort businesses in Mogadishu raising tens of millions of dollars for their militant activities in Somalia and neighbouring countries.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declared an all-out war against al Shabab and sought international support to defeat the militants.

Last week, the information ministry suspended dozens of social media accounts and websites for allegedly publishing al-Shabab propaganda.

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