Somali rebel group of Al Shabaab militants have captured a number of Kenyans in Jilib town and are currently in their custody.
Contrary to earlier reports that the captives are spies for the Kenyan government, security reports now confirm the Kenyan nationals were young men and women on transit to join the militia group when communication between them and their facilitator living in Jilib was cut following network problems.
The five were stranded in the Al Shabaab inhabited town when the militants took them captive. It is said that the militants were not aware of the prior agreement with the recruiter and therefore took them hostage according to local residents.
The recruits add to the number of Kenyans being lured into joining the Al Shabaab in the name of better-paying jobs and lifestyle incentives.
In 2011, Nairobi has sent its troops into Somalia to fight against Al Shabaab in retaliation for a wave of kidnappings of foreigners that has blighted its tourism industry
This comes after numerous reports in the Kenyan press over disappearance of several youth especially from the Coast and North Eastern parts of Kenya