Intelligence sources have warned of the imminent Al Shabaab recruitment in Kenya following the threat by the terror group based in Somalia to attack primary schools in the country.
According to the sources, their threat, which came on Thursday, that they would carry out Garissa-like attacks on Christian primary schools in Kenya’s western region, is an indication that the terror group is in dire need of younger people that can easily conform to their ideology and those who the terror group can easily train to execute future attacks.
The most recent threat was in form of leaflets which the Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen (HSM) circulated and which bore the message of attacks in four primary schools in the country’s Elgeyo Marakwet County in Rift Valley province.
Intelligence reports have it that this turn of focus of the HSM attacks is strange and could open investigation for potential Al Shabaab recruitment putting in mind that the terror group has in the past targeted adults.
According to the reports, HSM wants to ignite a sentimental response from the Kenyan public but the possibility of the terror group abducting their young victims for Al Shabaab recruitment also stands ground.
Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen carried one of their deadliest attacks in Kenya on a university and said that many more attacks were underway.
All security agencies in Kenya have put in place all possible measures to ensure that the citizens are safe especially in schools and other institutions of higher learning and to thwart possible Al Shabaab recruitment. Individuals have also been warned to take security in their hands and ensure that they are safe wherever they are.