Fight Against Terrorism in Kenya; Muslim Clerics and Imams to Play Key Role as Security Agents Identify Key Radicalization Hot Spots

Fight against terrorism in Kenya to be one of the key issues discussed among young Muslims and Kenyans at large, say security agents.

The agents are further calling upon Muslim Clerics in the Coastal region to put more effort in playing their role in the fight against terrorism since young Muslims are more vulnerable to these militia groups.

This comes after security agents identified key radicalization hot spots in several mosques in Mombasa. These mosques have been identified as the major hideouts for Al Shabaab terror suspects and young Kenyans who are being lured into extremism.

Terrorists are using mosques to hide, say terror experts. It is therefore the duty of Muslim clerics and Imams to help the country in the anti-radicalization process to ensure that these suspects are mopped out of their hiding areas, especially in the Coast.

Fight against terrorism should be one of the key issues discussed among young Muslims and Kenya at large without victimizing citizens, add experts. Creating awareness on the global effects of terrorism could also help in this fight against terrorism in Kenya.

The call comes at a time when the Republic of Kenya has issues a terror alert which could affect the Coastal region and surrounding areas. Key suspects who could be involved in the attack are currently under the umbrella of the AL Shabaab militia group.

The group is known to have recruited large numbers of young Kenyans from the Coastal region and other areas in Nairobi, Pumuani being largely affected.

These militants profess Muslim religion. Therefore, as the country intensifies the fight against terrorism, Muslim Clerics and Imams are expected to introduce major anti-radicalization programs for young Muslims who are more vulnerable.

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The country is also working towards establishing permanent anti-radicalization forums for Al Shabaab fighters who have surrendered to the police from Somalia amid the amnesty call.

This forum will help in changing the ideologies which have been misinterpreted by various terrorism groups with a focus on Harakat Al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen returnees in Kenya.

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