ICC Note: It was noted in October, members of Al-Shabaab had entered into an alliance with the Islamic State creating the potential for ISIS to expand further into Africa. The move creates further fracturing among the Somali based terror group as its secret police are attempting to root out those disloyal. Al-Shabaab is notoriously known for their attack on Garissa University in Kenya where they targeted and executed 148 Christian students.
11/08/2015 Somalia (Town Hall) – Halloween may have come and gone, but it brought some horrific news. Some members of al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda allied group in Africa, has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. It’s not an official position of the terrorist group. In 2012, the group pledged their loyalty al-Qaeda, and CNN reports that the group’s secret police are trying to purge themselves of members suspected of being ISIS supporters. Yet, the fact remains: ISIS has gained more friends in Africa:
A high-ranking member and spiritual leader of Al-Shabaab has pledged allegiance to ISIS, a move that further fractures the Somali-based jihadi group and spreads the reach of ISIS farther into Africa.
The report that formerly UK-based Abdul Qadir Mumin had sworn loyalty to ISIS came from a source familiar with Al-Shabaab and was supported by a U.S. intelligence source, who said Mumin’s pledge came in a video that is expected to be released online.
In the video, Mumin, along with several other jihadis based in Somalia’s Central Region, swear their allegiance to ISIS. Some known Al-Shabaab members have already done so online.
The Al-Shabaab-linked source told CNN that members of the group now fear for their lives as other political leaders systematically try to root out possible ISIS supporters within their ranks.
Sources within Al-Shabaab say the announcement is not totally unexpected. For weeks, Al-Shabaab’s secret police, known as the Amniyat, have been arresting and jailing members within the insurgent group who they believed would switch their allegiance from al Qaeda to ISIS.