ICC Note: Al-Shabaab is a group of Islamic radicals who has pledged alliance to Al-Qaeda since 2012. One of their main objectives is to impose Sharia Law in the country. Therefore, they strategically recruit teenagers and certain people in power to join their cause. Additionally, they constantly target Christian communities because of their different viewpoints on religion and freedoms.
05/02/2017, Kenya (The Star) – At least six al Shabaab recruits from Lamu have been murdered in Somalia in the last two months on suspicion that they were government spies.
James Seriani, Linda Boni operations director, said on Sunday that this number were killed between March and April alone.
“You can imagine how many face the same fate in a year,” he said, adding the fate of many others was unknown.
“For some reason, the militia seem not to trust recruits from Lamu. That’s why we are warning youths here against joining al Shabaab.”
Seriani said the operation to flush out the terrorists has been successful and that peace and calm have been restored in the county.
“For instance, we have been able to seal routes the militants were using to cross into and hide in Lamu, especially in Boni forest. We have eliminated all terror elements. We can confidently say things are fine again,” he said.