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ICC Note: One of Africa’s worst persecutors appears to be traversing the continent for training. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud claims knowledge of Boko Harm fighters traveling to Somalia for training. While no link between Nigeria-based Boko Haram and al-Shabaab has been established, the prospect appears frightening as some of the worse persecutors of the Church in Africa may be operating close to each other in the same region.

2/18/16 Somalia (VICE News/Reuters) – Boko Haram militants are allegedly traveling across the continent to Somalia for training before they head back home to West Africa to fight, according to Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

After decades of conflict and instability in the East African country, the leader argued that a stable Somalia would not only have implications regionally, but across Africa.

Mohamud made the Boko Haram comments at a security conference in Germany on Sunday while discussing minor progress the country has made recently towards creating a functioning political system.

“Without a stable Somalia, the whole region of the Horn of Africa will remain unstable and by and large, the African continent. There are proofs and evidence that (for) some time Boko Haram has been trained in Somalia and they went back to Nigeria,” he said.

“The terrorists are so linked together, they are associated and so organized, (that) we the world we need to be so organized,” he said, speaking in English.

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