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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KDF Builds Back Once War-Torn Communities In Regions Of Somalia

Locals from Somalia’s Hoosingo and its environs on Monday 11th 2018 received free medical services from the Kenya Defence Force troops. The medical camp put up at the town’s health centre comes days after rains subsided leaving the community at the risk of waterborne diseases. The residents who turned up in masses received treatment as some showed up for routine checkups.

The area was hit by a cholera scare prompting the KDF troops to move in swiftly to mitigate the situation. During the medical camp, three cases were confirmed positive for Cholera and the troops have put necessary measures to avoid any spread.

Ahmed Abdullahi a father of three was in tears as his three-year-old received treatment, he went ahead to narrate how his wife died during an Al Shabaab attack, Ahmed himself suffers from diabetes and also received treatment at the camp. He lauded the security personnel for providing moral support through counselling and availing follow up sessions, which he says have been very helpful since he lost his wife.

As part of building back the community that has been affected by Al Shabaab attacks in the past, KDF troops continue to engage with residents to ensure that normalcy returns to the area. In the spirit of Ramadan, the troops also donated assorted food items to the locals. In appreciation, area councilman Sheikh Noor Mohammed invited the troops to join the villagers during Iftar, (breaking the fast).

Police Issue Warning On Planned Al Shabaab Attacks

The National Police Service has issued a warning on a plot by Al Shabaab to carry out a number of attacks in Kenya.

“We do have reliable information that Al Shabaab militia may be planning to attack some key infrastructure in Mandera, Wajir and Garrissa and the Coastal region. The attacks are said to target installations thats are far flung along the border.” Read the statement

In the press release seen by Epuka Ugaidi, the police has assured members of the public of deployment of resources to counter any such actions by terrorists.“Our office is on high alert and will continue monitoring their movements at all times.”

In the statement, the police have put it clear that the El Wak town attack was not within Kenyan boarders but Somalia’s. However, heavy deployment of security personnel has provided refuge for Somali civilians fleeing the attacks.

The institution has also condemned attacks on Liboi where several security personnel died. “We condemn the attack in the strongest possible terms and warn the militants that we shall not rest until they are caught and punished. This is however an isolated incident that is not going to distract us from our set objective; to rid the country of terrorist elements and ensure the safety and security of all Kenyans.” Continued the statement

Al Shabaab sympathisers have been put on notice for facilitating and supporting terrorist acts. Police have promised to bring them to book to be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Members of the public have been asked to maintain vigilance and continue cooperating and providing useful information that will help in deterring and thwarting Al Shabaab activities.

Son In Search Of Job Makes Last Call From Al Shabaab Camp

A family is appealing for help to return son back home after he called to say he had joined the Al Shabaab.

Sarah Khalamwa from Mwambuli village in Lugari sub-county claims her 19-year-old son called last weekend to inform her that he had crossed over to Somalia and joined the militia group.

“I could not believe my ears when he told me that he had already signed a contract with the Al Shabaab, and that he would not be coming home anytime soon,” the mother of five told journalists at her home.

According to the woman, her son left home for Nairobi last February in search of a job. He later informed the family that he had landed a farmhand’s job in Westlands, Nairobi. “He would send me some cash for upkeep until he broke the news that he had joined the group,” she said.

The family has been making frantic efforts to reach their son in the last one week. Then he was not reachable again. “Now our calls are going unanswered,” said the mother. They now fear their son, who they describe as responsible and disciplined, may have been radicalised before recruitment.

Before calls to his phone went unanswered, his elder brothers had tried to talk him out of the idea of joining the terrorist group. The family now wants security agencies to help track down and return him back home. “We are worried about his safety. It is possible Al Shabaab might have taken advantage of his young age to lure him into joining the group,” she said.

The family is optimistic the Kenya Defence Forces currently deployed to fight the militants in Somalia can trace and return the youth home. “I have struggled to raise him, I hope the Government will hear me and come to my aid,” said his mother.

 

Al Shabaab Blocks Flood Victims’ Aid In Somalia

In total, more than 427,000 people were affected in Somalia after above-average rainfall saw rivers burst their banks this month, More rain is predicted next week. “And worst is likely yet to come. With limited access to proper toilets and clean water, it’s a ticking time bomb for disease outbreaks like cholera and malaria,” said Victor Moses, country director for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

The Al shabaab terrorist group in Somalia have taken advantage of the crisis the Somali population is facing. The group who have terrorized citizens for years have resulted in blocking residents from receiving aid from humanitarian agencies.

Victims of the floods have revealed that some militants have gone to the rural areas warning locals not to go for food and medical supplies offered by the aid agencies or they will be killed. However, aid agencies with the help of security agencies are still on the ground despite such challenges.

Drought and conflict caused more than 1.3 million people in Somalia to flee their homes since last year.The country has been mired in conflict since 1991. The government is struggling to assert control over poor, rural areas under the Islamist militant group Al Shabaab, challenging the delivery of aid to the most needy.

54,000 people in settlements near the capital Mogadishu have been affected by flooding and main roads to Mogadishu are impassable, with large areas of crops damaged. Before the floods struck, an estimated 5.4 million people needed emergency aid, including food, water and shelter.

Senior Al Shabaab leader surrenders to authorities alongside seven other militants

A Senior Al Shabaab leader has surrendered to the Somalia Federal Government. The returnee by the name Adan Mohamed aka Adan Shah gave himself up to SouthWest authorities in Baidoa town to where he surrendered his gun and an assortment of weapons.

The former leader was together with seven other militants who also gave up their weaponry. Following a 60-day amnesty given by Somalia President Abdullahi’s Farmajo in February, Al- Shabaab members have come forward to authorities in large numbers.

A week ago, another leader alongside five militants surrendered to the Somalia Federal Government in the same area and are currently collaborating with the authorities in giving intelligence about the Al Qaeda linked militia group.

The beefed up surveillance and security by troops deployed in the regions of Somalia has led to the significant rise in defectors.