Half of Al-Shabaab Militia Group's force are kids

Children constitute a large part of the militia recruited and used by the Al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia. It is estimated over half of its force are children for example at least sixty (60) percent of Al-Shabaab militants captured in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region in March, 2016 were youngsters. Some of those children said they were approached with the promise of education and jobs.  

 


Al-Shabaab uses the children in combat, with nine year olds taught to use weapons and sent to the frontlines. They are also used to transport explosives, carry out suicide attacks, carry ammunitions and perform domestic chores.

The terror group targets children in rural areas and forcefully recruits from schools and Madrassas where often teachers and parents are coerced into enlisting the children to the terror group.

Al-Shabaab recently paraded young children with guns in Jilib, Somalia during the Eid celebrations and has no future for the Somali society.

 

Al-Shabaab wrangles intensify as a splinter group pledges allegiance to ISIS

The leader of the al-Shabaab militia based in the Galgala Mountains in Puntland region has pledged his allegiance to ISIS, a move that is likely to further split the already fractious and weakened al-Shabaab terror group.
In a brief audio message, Sheikh Abdulqadir Mumin said that he and his militia have officially joined ISIS and would from now own take their orders from ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who is based in Raqqa, Syria.
The current emir of the al-Shabaab Ahmed Umar (aka Abu Ubaidah) who is still aligned with al-Qaeda has reacted angrily to Sh. Mumin’s daring move. He has long been trying to crush internal dissent, but there is little he can do since Sh. Mumin and his militias are in a geographically distant place.

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