Top Government Officers Nabbed Recruiting For Al Shabaab

Police have arrested two government officials on Thursday after a tip-off that they were recruiting youths for terror group Al-Shabaab.

The two suspects, who are National Social Security Fund (NSSF) staff, were nabbed following police investigations that connected them to the terrorism acts.

Isiolo District Criminal Investigation Officer (DCIO) Peter Ndubi said the two government workers, who are both 29-year old, recruited about six young men last week.

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The new members were enrolled in their houses and madrassa in Isiolo town.

The DCIO was quoted by the Nation as saying: 

“We received information that the two were conducting their teaching and radicalizing young people”.

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The recent arrest, involving NSSF officers based at the Isiolo branch, caused the County’s security to introduce stricter measures in the war to capture Al-Shabaab recruiters.

Kenya has been grappling with radicalization for a while now, with young people being brainwashed into joining the terror group.

Al-Shabab, Somalia’s biggest armed group, began their fight as one of many factions fighting against the U.N.-backed Transitional Federal Government based in Mogadishu.

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It later changed into what the United States named  a “terrorist” organization after staging attacks on important foreign and national targets.

The group, which pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, have carried out headline-grabbing attacks, like the ones at Westgate and Garissa. The group fights to gain traction, and has been attacking Kenya because of the presence of its soldiers in southern Somalia.

Recall that Kenya’s armies was sent into Somalia in October 2011 after a spate of kidnappings of Westerners. There are still around 4,000 Kenyan soldiers in Somalia as part of the 17,700-strong African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM).