Intelligence reports indicate that Al-Shabab is recruiting an increasing number of Kenyans, from both Somali and non-Somali populations.
Recent al-Shabab propaganda films feature non-Somali fighters speaking Kiswahili, which is widely spoken in Kenya, and not in Somalia.
Al Shabaab terror recruitment have been reported by OSINT sources as well as by intelligence experts to happen on a very large scale on the social networks.
It is on these networks that the potential recruits have met terrorists who provided them with orientation on how they can join a terrorist network. The recent incidence in Kenya is the case of two Kenyan girls in their twenties who crossed over to Syria with the only link between the Islamic State in Iraqi and Syria and Kenya being the social networks.
The question that may pop from the Kenyan public is how terrorists lure youths to join their groups and direct all manner of atrocities towards their home countries.
Al Shabaab Terror Recruitment Strategies: How Terrorists Lure Youths
Money: Terrorists lure the youths to join terrorist groups primarily with money. Terrorist groups hav e all manner of financial resources including looting the public and so they have money with which they lure young people.
Extreme promises: Youths are promised all manner of good things, some which prove hardly tangible like being rewarded with many virgins in case they die in a jihad. The promises sound too real to be ignored by the young people.
Painting the picture that the government is the enemy of the youth: Al Shabaab terror recruitment in Kenya take the course of alienating the youth from their government. The government is then blamed for all the misfortunes that the youth go through so that the youth join the terrorist groups to wage war against their own government.
Offer of easy jobs: Al Shabaab terror recruitment take advantage of the unemployment crisis in Kenya to offer the youth with easy jobs where they are only required to kill fellow Kenyans for a pay.