Al-Shabaab kidnaps 60 children from El-Garas village

 
Terror group al-Shabaab has, in a desperate move, kidnapped 60 children from a makeshift school in El-garas, Bakool region. This is the latest of the group’s attempts to forcibly recruit children to replenish the diminishing number of soldiers in its loosing battle against the Federal Government of Somalia.

The group has been decimated and is losing territory and political support among the Somali population leading to the desperate measures of kidnapping innocent school-going children.

It has escalated its campaign of forcibly recruiting child soldiers in mid-2017 ostensibly after losing much of its members to the relentless bombardment by the Somali National Army and its allies.

It is the aim of the group to enroll the kidnapped children in its schools, feed them extreme violent ideas and in the end radicalize them in order to use them as suicide bombers and fight for an illegitimate cause.

In January last year, Somali soldiers, with support from US forces, conducted a raid on an al-Shabaab camp in the Middle Shabelle region in southern Somalia and freed at least 32 child soldiers stopping from being turned into suicide bombers.
 

Al-Shabaab decimated as 85 members are killed in an operation


Somali Special Forces backed by allied troops have carried out a joint military offensive against the murderous terrorist group al-Shabaab, killing at least 85 militants during the operation.


The special forces raided an al-Shabaab hideout in Baladul Amin and Hanti Wadaag near Janalle town, some 91 km away from Somali capital Mogadishu.


The casualties could be much higher, according to security analysts, because al-Shabaab is known to hide its casualties by burying them in mass graves.Media reports indicate that 5 foreign Jihadists from Egypt, Tanzania and Mauritania fighting for the murderous group were among those who were killed in the operation.


Al-Shabaab has lost much of the territories it previously controlled thanks to continuous and relentless bombardments from the Somali National Army.It has resorted to kidnapping innocent school children to replenish the diminishing number of its fighters and recruit them as child soldiers.

Al-Shabaab executes 3 innocent civilians in public


The terminable group al-Shabaab has executed three Somali men in public in Mubaarak, a district in Lower Shabelle. Al-Shabaab accused two of the men of being Federal Government soldiers and the third man as one of the elders who had selected MPs and Senators for 2017 enhanced elections in Mogadishu.


The circumstances under which the elder was executed have baffled locals and some have attributed the reason of the killing as an effort by the blood-suckers to intimidate and instill fear in the hearts of dissidents. The deceased elder was known to denounce the group’s extremist ideologies in public.


The group often targets businesses and individuals who refuse to pay its unlawful and baseless taxes and those who advocate against its brutal and barbaric reign of terror. The accusations are a cover-up and in most cases the decision of whether one is guilty or innocent is reached by an al-Shabaab regional leader.


The extremist group is coming under sustained pressure from the Somali National Army and its foreign allies. That sustained pressure and drone attacks on al-Shabaab bases in Lower Shabelle might have forced the group to resort to executions and control dissent voices.

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