Reality of Al Shabaab Terrorists in Kenya
Presence of Al Shabaab terrorists in Kenya can be attributed to the cross-border incursions between the East African nation and her neighbors that enable movement of Al Shabaab militants from their major bases in Somalia into Kenya.
This also explains why Al Shabaab terrorists have been able to operate active terror cells within the borders of Kenya and conduct attacks in the country.
Several commanders of Al Shabaab have been responsible for cross-border incursions into Kenya.
One is Mohamed Kuno who organized an attack on a Kenyan university, a role that has put him on the run as Kenyan troops narrow down on him.
Initially, the Al Shabaab group waged war against the Somali Federal Government (SFG) so as to gain a foothold in the country’s socio-economic and political control. Kenya, with its troops fighting in the AMISOM, is an enemy of the Al Shabaab who wage war against any governments allied to SFG.
Recent intelligence reports revealed the high possibility of the terror group having an active cell in Kenya following arrest of two suspected suicide bombers in possession of an active suicide vest.
What goes on in the Al Shabaab terror cells?
Intelligence gathered shows many activities go on in an active terror cell
Links with the other terror networks: Most of these links are in terms of sharing intelligence between the terror cells and their bases of upper command in Somalia that has led to the series of Al Shabaab attacks in Kenya.
Recruitment: intelligence has also revealed that it is in the terror cells that certain stages of recruitment are carried out with the militants getting more in touch with their potential recruits.
Assignments on roles: It is in these terror cells that suicide bombers assemble their bombs and put the final arrangements in place before they carry out any attack.