Intelligence reports indicate that elements Al Shabaab linked smugglers are still thriving in business even in the aftermath of terror attacks on Kenyan soil.
As Kenya intensifies war against the rich smugglers cartels, whose illegal activities credit the terror outfit especially at checkpoints en-route through Somalia, authorities have narrowed down on individuals as well as cartels that fall culprit.
The Kenyan government has consequently assigned a special unit in the National Intelligence Service (NIS) the role to dismantle smuggling cartels working with Al Shabaab. The move is beginning to show fruit.
Kenyan Police in Garissa County on 23rd June 2014 intercepted a truck that was hiding 50kg (equivalently 102,600 U.S. dollars) of marijuana in a sack of cereals. The police, while acting on a tip-off, laid an ambush and arrested the suspect when the truck stopped to offload the goods.
Forecast: Al Shabaab is currently starved of finances to fund their terrorism activities and smuggling trade across the border has benefitted the terror group logistics to organize and execute their attacks. This is the very reason the Kenyan government is banking on cutting any possible source of resources for the terror group.