Consecutive months of military offensives by US forces and AMISOM in Al Shabaab hotspots have seen thousands of militants wiped out and ammunition, equipment and weapons destroyed or seized. With inadequate personnel, the group’s operations have been crippled and the group is now trying to get up from its death bed.
Authorities now warn that the militia group hopes to leverage on ethnic clashes in Kenya’s North-Eastern region and parts of Somalia. Militants who have fled from camps in Somalia are said to be masquerading as residents in Somali inhabited regions.
With the existing ethnic differences among NFD communities, the Al Shabaab aims to amplify these inadequacies to recruit militants. One of the strategies used by the militia group has been the destruction of property where the militants who go unnoticed raid homes of rival communities to insinuate counter-attacks between the villages.
Security officers are now asking citizens to be keen, not to fall for Al Shabaab’s tricks and instead be more vigilant in order to flush out militants in hiding. Some of the clashes are said to be instigated by the terrorist group in order to achieve more division and then leverage from the chaos.