By David Clarke (Reuters),
Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked rebels have extensive funding, recruiting and training networks within Kenya, and have also established connections with jihadist groups across the continent, according to a UN report. A UN Monitoring Group report on Somalia and Eritrea obtained by Reuters said non-Somali Kenyan nationals now constitute the largest and most organised non-Somali entity within the al Shabaab group.
Al Shabaab has been waging an insurgency against the UN-backed government in Somalia since 2007. It controls large parts of southern and central Somalia, as well as chunks of the capital, Mogadishu.
“In the past, al Shabaab’s presence in Kenya has been concentrated primarily within the ethnic Somali community. But since 2009, the Group has rapidly expanded its influence and membership to non-Somali Kenyan nationals,” the report said. Continue reading Muslim Kenyans Fund and Recruit Al-Shabaab: UN Report