A Kenyan who returned from Somalia and was debriefed by security intelligence services revealed that foreign fighters were no longer joining the terror group.
“Al-Shabaab is short of money since they don’t have economic activities they can rely on anymore. Contraband arms are also on low supply. The terror group is now disfranchised and kind of desperate.
They told us, if we cant raise money to support jihad, we have to go back home and join those who are fighting there and raise money. They want us to steal banks, petrol stations and kidnap international aid workers for ransom.”
The initial indicators of these gangs is recent kidnap cases in Mandera County.
A chief was abducted and the terror group demanded KES 4 Million. When they realized they’d not get the money, they killed the hostage.
Another incident happened where Madrassa teachers were abducted. The terror cell was destroyed and the hostages rescued.
There is a high possibility the Shabaab cells will now target business that can fill their wallets quickly and possibly leave a trail of bloodshed.