Boko Haram Leader’s Mother Narrates How Son Was Radicalised

Mother to Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has come out to confess for the first time, how his son, now Boko Haram leader became a highly sort after terrorist.

Falmata Abubakar starts by saying she has not set her eyes on her son for 15 years, practically since he was a boy. In 2009, Nigerian security agents killed Mohammed Yusuf, and Abubakar Shekau became the leader of Boko Haram.

The languishing mother says her son left Shekau as a boy to continue his Islamic education in the city of Maiduguri. Maiduguri has been a center of religious studies for hundreds of years.

Abubakar Shekau was an almajiri. In the generations-old tradition, almajirai are sent by their parents to study the Quran, Islam’s holy book, in schools locally known as a tsangaya. In the classroom, a teacher trains the 20 or more, sometimes hundreds of, male students at a time to memorize the complete Quran.

Almajirai often go up and down the streets, asking people for food. It is thought that Abubakar Shekau did the same. His mother says that during his studies he met Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram. Yusuf believed that a Western education violates religious law. Falmata says her son was brainwashed.

“Since Shekau met with Mohammed Yusuf, I didn’t see him again,” she told VOA. “Yes, he’s my son and every mother loves her son, but we have different characters. He brought a lot of problem to many people. Where can I meet him to tell him that these things he is doing is very bad? He brought many problems to many people, but I am praying for God to show him the good way,” she said.

Towns people say they often deny being from the hometown of Abubakar Shekau because others may believe they have ties to Boko Haram.

Falmata Abubakar says her son has become someone she doesn’t recognize. “He just took his own character and went away. This is not the character I gave him. I don’t know what this type of behavior is. It’s only God who knows.”

 

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Why Al Shabaab Is Under Pressure Now Than Ever Before

Al Shabaab has been under a lot pressure this year than ever before. After years of leadership wrangles, the militia was dealt a hard blow after news leaked that their emir Abu Ubaidah is suffering from cancer.

US has started targeting the Al Shabaab bases now outside Mogadishu the recent one being 15 miles southwest of Mogadishu killing 10 Shabaab militants. This brings the total number of militants killed by airstrikes to 1,410 militants with 50 being members of the decision making council also known as ‘Shura’.

The United States is working closely with AMISOM and SNA to ensure that upon withdrawal of AMISOM troops scheduled to start next year, the threat posed by Al Shabaab militants will be diminished to a manageable level.

Alshabaab is also facing internal conflicts on the issue of who shall take over from their ailing leader Abu Ubaidah. The conflict has brought about clannism conflicts something that the militia had tried to avoid for a very long time.The fighters have started taking sides based on the clan they belong to and are now attacking each other.

Defections

Major defection especially of the high ranking leaders who have surrendered to work with the government poses a great threat to the militia, because the last time a defection of the deputy leader happened (MuktarRubow) on 2013, it led the death of the previous Al shabaab leader Abdi Godane a year later.

Defection of foreign fighters is also a major setback since they are the ones used to perform major attacks inside their home countries. The defections have been fuelled by governments’ incentives and the clan conflicts in the militia which have left them with no sense of identity which was the main thing they were in search of when they joined the militia.

Loss of Local Support

Alshabaab have continued to lose support from the locals because of the attacks they have been performing during this period of Ramadhan which were labelled Haram by the local leaders, pushing them to take actions against the militia and start working with the security forces to smoke out those militants who had camouflaged into their villages and homesteads.

This series of events have weakened the militia to an extent that they are requesting for help from the Al Qaeda in terms of both money and personnel, on several audios released by the very ill leader since April. Al Qaeda leader Ay-man Al-zawahiri never responded to any of them.

BREAKING NEWS: Two Al Shabaab Suspects On The Run

The National Police Service has put out a notice on Salim Aboud Sultri aka Survivor, a returnee from Somalia. The Al Shabaab suspect is believed to have been hiding at Mlango Wa Papa Mosque within Old town Mombasa before fleeing, after getting wind of police operations against him.

Survivor has been working with Ramadhan Rai Tsungu aka Rambo who is also on the run. The two are believed to be headed back to Somalia and they are armed and dangerous. While the police have increased vigilance especially at the roadblocks, members of the public have been asked to report any information on the whereabouts of the two to the nearest police station.

AMISOM Implements Community Projects To Restore Somalia

As part of a programme to empower Somalia forces and community, AMISOM conducted a three day assessment tour of AU funded community projects in the country.

The team evaluated Quick Impact Projects in the capital Mogadishu and in Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubbaland state, to assess their impact on beneficiary households.

“We came to evaluate whether the Caterpillar Police Station has improved the working conditions of the police in Jubbaland; whether it has enhanced the maintenance of law and order to local communities here; to see also whether it has increased access to justice for women, children and for the general community,” said AU’s Mr. Mike Bugason, who led the delegation to a police station in Kismayo, which was refurbished and equipped by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), last May.

Since it’s renovation, the station has facilitated speedy determination of criminal cases.  At least 80-criminal cases, have been conclusively investigated by Jubbaland Police through the facility.

“The existence of the police station has improved the security situation in this area and served the community well. The level of crime has gone down and the public is able to access the station to report crime,” said Abdinasir Mohamed Shire, a resident of Alanley village. His sentiments were echoed by the station’s Commander Mohamed Ahmed Ali.

“The station has been effective in preventing crime and maintaining law and order,” said the Ali, who emphasized the importance of involving local communities in fighting crime. “The officers socialize with the local community and the community in turn works closely with the station, by sharing important information with the police,” he added.

Crime cases reported at the station vary, and include domestic violence, gender violence, theft and land disputes.

The coordinator of AMISOM Police in Jubbaland state Mr.  Abilu Earnest Martin, who hosted the delegation in Kismayo, acknowledged the critical role the police station is playing in maintaining law and order.

“People are reporting cases and they are being investigated. Cases of gender violence, domestic violence, petty theft and land problems and other security matters are some of the cases which the police in Caterpillar Police Station are handling, under the mentorship of AMISOM Police,” he remarked.

The delegation, which scrutinized six projects implemented in 2017, with funding from the African Union, had earlier toured a water project which serves 400-people in Mogadishu, and held meetings with AMISOM officials.

The community projects, funded by the Crisis Management, Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development Division of the African Union Commission, are implemented by AMISOM in recovered areas.

Somali President Addresses Kenyans, Calls Out Al Shabaab For Dragging Islam

Somalia president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has called out Al Shabaab militants for claiming they are in conflict with non-muslims but in turn killing innocent people who are Muslim.

The Somalia president who made an address during National Prayer breakfast at Safari Park termed the militia ‘enemy of mankind’ for taking out innocent lives at the same time tagging Islam to bloodshed.

Farmajo called on regional states to participate in the fight against violent extremism and acts of terrorism saying that the Al Shabaab militia is a common enemy that should be faced out.

Prior to the gathering, the visiting president held talks with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday focusing on security issues.

Kenyatta’s office said the two leaders discussed bilateral issues and security matters including the continued support for African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in which Kenyan forces play a big role.

“The two leaders updated each other on shared security concerns as well as progress in regional efforts to bring peace and stability back to Somalia with the help of Kenya and other nations,” it said.

President Mohamed arrived in the country early Wednesday accompanied by a high-level delegation of ministers and senior government officials.

 

Kenya Defence Forces Offer Medical Care to Hundreds Of Residents In Hoosingo

The Kenya Defence Forces under the AMISOM troops offered free medical care to hundreds of residents of Hoosingo town in Somalia.

The troops who set up camp in the town 100 Km east of the Kenyan border attended by sick Children, the elderly and pregnant women. The personnel also administered vaccines to infants and young children who have been deprived of medical care following the destruction of facilities by the Al Shabaab militia group.

The operation conducted at Afmadhow health center was led by the Dp Sunray in collaboration with the SNA Sunray. During the exercise, 40 residents were diagnosed with cholera most of them being children and the elderly.

Patients at the camp hailed the service by the peacekeepers under AMISOM saying most of the residents lost their lives in search of medical facilities for their spouses and children.

Halima Ahmin, a resident of Hoosingo town who was accompanied by her three children was in tears as she showed gratitude towards the security agencies. She says being the family’s breadwinner, she lacks the might to educate her children and provide basic medical care for them. Halima’s husband was killed by the Al Qaeda linked militia during an attack on the town two years ago as he set off to look for medicine for their ailing child at the time. Halima says an ambush attack on the town by the ragtag militia Al Shabaab took away her husband and few days after his death, their ailing child passed on.

The devastating financial situation replicates on more women of Hoosingo town who showed up to receive treatment.  Both women and men most of whom are languishing in poverty have been beneficiaries of the medical camps often set up by the forces. The troops have continued offering services to the needy in regions of Somalia even as the militants continue to attempt attacks on the security agencies.

The medical camp follows a similar operation last week at Somalia’s Busaar area where the troops provided Medicare to thousands of residents during a three-day camp. AMISOM continues to work with locals in the regions of Somalia as troops dedicate their efforts towards restoring back lives of terrorist attacks victims.

ISIS leader blows himself up to avoid arrest, killing tens other militants

Leader of ISIS cell in Russia has blown himself up with an Improvised explosive device (IEDs) to avoid being arrested by Russian law enforcement.

The ISIS leader also killed tens of militants in the hideout using the homemade bomb. Russian security forces however arrested three of his accomplices in the area following a raid against the group and are currently in custody.

The cell was being used as a station to plan bomb and gun attacks in Russia’s Rostov region but was identified and thwarted  before they could act, the Federal Security Service confirms.

The militia members are said to have been taking orders from Islamic State in Syria. Those detained are expected to cooperate with authorities in intelligence collection as charges get employed.