Al-shabaab militants free female aid workers after payment of ransom

Al-Shabaab militant group is in financial doldrums and is using every trick to stay relevant. The group abducted innocent aid workers including female humanitarian workers in Hiraan region of Central Somalia.

Humanitarian workers are known for sacrificing their lives to assist the drought stricken people in Somalia and action by the terror group to ask for colossal amount of money as ransom show the callous agenda of the group.

According to the father of one aid workers who spoke on condition of anonymity, the militant group has set three (3) women free after receiving a ransom payment of thirteen thousand dollars each from their families.

The humanitarian workers were working for a local NGO, Hello Trust and were kidnapped at Far Libah area in July by the terror group as they were delivering humanitarian assistance.

It is ironical that the Al-Shabaab terror group has been engaged in media blitz indicating that they are offering assistance to drought stricken Somali populace while on the other hand, they are kidnapping for ransom individuals offering humanitarian assistance to the drought hit residents in Somalia.
 
   

Somali youth Flee Al-Shabaab Recruitment Campaign

Al-Shabaab militants have launched a forced recruitment campaign in Somalia's southwestern regions of Bay and Bakool, according to Somali officials.


The group, which controls large parts of both regions, is pressuring leaders of local villages to make sure the youth join its ranks, according to the governor of Bay region, Ali Wardhere Doyow.


He added that the group has been holding meetings for clan elders and told them to meet specific numbers of recruits from each clan. 
Doyow said many families and their children have fled their villages to larger towns in the Bay region, including Baidoa, Dinsor and Bardale.


The group is targeting families that have sons and have informed the elders that if a family has two sons, they will draft one as a militant; if they have three, they will take two of them.


The recruitment drive appears to have picked up in recent weeks. Last month, authorities in the coastal town of Adalle reported that more than 100 children who fled a Shabab recruitment campaign in the Galmudug region had arrived there. Authorities in the town of Bardhere report the arrival of 10 families who fled with their children because of Al-Shabaab recruitment efforts in the Gedo region.


The clan elders in different parts of Somalia have vowed to resist Al-Shabaab recruitment of their young ones into the militant group.

AL-SHABAAB ABDUCTS ELDERS FROM WARSHUBO

Al-Shabaab has abducted elders from Warshubo town located in the outskirt of Haradhere area of Mudug region. The action of the group follows the elders’ rejecting the directive of the terror group to recruit youth its behalf. 


The elders have been directed that within four months they enlist the youth into the ranks of the Al-Shabaab or face dire consequences.


A local who requested anonymity has divulged that he has been in contact with the elders who are currently under arrest in Haradhere. The elders were arrested on 1st July, 2017 from Warshubo area. 


Al-Shabaab is currently facing a severe military offensive from the Somali government and resorted to forcing the elders to forcefully recruit youth and offer resources in their fight against the Somali government.


Somali National Army and AMISOM forces have in the past carried out successful operations to flush out Al-shabaab terrorists from Somalia.
 

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