KILIFI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police have launched a manhunt for three
al-Shabab recruiters who are behind a syndicate luring youths to
join the terror gang in Somalia.
police commander Matawa Muchangi said on Tuesday evening alleged
the three coordinated a plan to recruit the recently rescued 13
youths unknowingly to join the al-Shabab in Somalia.
Muchangi said the
returnees aged between 18 to 38 years who were rescued by Kenya
Defense Force (KDF) on Monday were reportedly lured by a
resident in the Coastal county of Malindi.
“They were on
Tuesday flown from Kiunga in a KDF chopper and brought to
Malindi and are currently being held at the Malindi Police
station pending to be reunited with their families,” Muchangi
said by phone.
Two among the 13 are
reportedly from Bargoni in Hindi area in Lamu County while the
remaining 11 are from Malindi.
Commissioner Magu Mutindika said the youth had been recruited
into the militant group where they are said to have been
tortured and subjected to different extremist activities.
The police said the
returnees were recruited on March 26 and KDF managed to rescue
them on April 29 after some reported to their families and the
matter brought to the attention of security personnel.
The East African
nation has warned that attacks as threatened by the
Somalia-based terrorist group could affect the country’s risk
profile, limiting the number of new investments being made
especially by foreign investors.
The authorities have
also warned that the attacks could further reduce the number of
tourism visitors, affecting the planned attraction of more than
2 million tourists targeted in the next five years.
UN expert says
troops’ drawback in Somalia should consider security
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
A UN human rights expert has promised to continue
urging the international community for the need to ensure that
any drawdown of African Union forces in Somalia should be based
on realistic timelines and security conditions.
Bahame Tom Nyanduga,
the UN Human Rights Council (HRC)’s Independent Expert on the
situation of human rights in Somalia, stressed that the Africa
Union troops are playing critical role for peace and
reconciliation in Somalia.
Nyandega said in a
statement issued on Wednesday by the AU mission that human
rights in Somalia depend on the existence of a stable state and
the strengthening of law and order, hence the critical role
played by AMISOM.
He lauded AMISOM for
strengthening its human right component following the
recruitment of a number of protection officers, in particular
for women and children protection.
During his visit to
Somalia, Nyanduga met with AMISOM officials as part of on-going
consultations with human rights stakeholders in Somalia in his
fifth mission to the country.
AU urges commitment of Somali
stakeholders for country’s transitional plan
ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
The African Union (AU) has urged all Somali
stakeholders to fully commit themselves towards the effective
implementation of the Somalia Transition Plan that seeks to
transfer security responsibilities from AU troops to the
country’s own security forces.
The AU Peace and
Security Council has commended the Federal Government of Somalia
for finalizing the Plan, with the support of the AU mission in
Somalia (AMISOM), which demonstrates the ownership and readiness
of the country to take over primary security responsibility.
The council endorsed
the Transitional Plan, which includes a timeframe for the
transition of security responsibilities from AMISOM to the
Somali National Security Forces, as well as their capacity
building, according to an AU statement on Wednesday.
implementation of the Somalia Transition Plan is dependent on
fully addressing the challenges raised by the Operational
Readiness Assessment of regional forces, completion of
discussions on the Somali troop generation, training,
integration, accommodation, equipment and logistical support for
the tasks related to the transition,” the statement said.
The Council has also
called for the AU member states and the partners to provide the
requisite funding support for the implementation of the
It has emphasized
the urgent need for streamlined and coordinated capacity
building for the Somalia National Security Forces, particularly
the training support provided to the Army, with clear
distribution of roles and responsibilities among stakeholders,
The Council has
noted the importance of an orderly and gradual transfer of
security responsibilities from AMISOM to the Somalia National
Security Forces in order not to compromise the gains already
It has also
emphasized that the Transition Plan should be a living document
that should be regularly monitored and reviewed, and upon need,
adjusted in light of emerging circumstances and prevailing
security and political situations on the ground.
ICRC calls for safe release
of abducted staff in Somalia
MOGADISHU, (Xinhua) --
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
on Thursday called for the safe release of its staff member who
was abducted in the restive Somali capital Mogadishu on
ICRC’s deputy head of delegation for Somalia, said armed men
entered the agency’s compound at around 8pm and abducted the
“We are deeply
concerned about the safety of our colleague. She is a nurse who
was working every day to save lives and improve the health of
some of Somalia’s most vulnerable people,” O’Malley said in a
The charity said it
is in contact with various authorities to try and secure her
release, noting that it’s not appropriate to provide any
additional information at this stage.
“We are calling for
her immediate and unconditional release,” Crystal Wells, ICRC
spokeswoman told Xinhua on Thursday.
sealed off the compound immediately after the abduction and have
already started investigations into the incident in Wadajir
Sources said the
private security guards who manned the compound when the
incident took place were arrested.
humanitarian workers operating in the Horn of Africa nation are
common and have increased in the recent past in the country
which has been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but
has recently made progress towards stability.
The latest abduction
came a day after a Somali aid worker was shot dead by unknown
gunmen in the main market in Mogadishu on Tuesday.
It also comes barely
three months after a Ugandan working for UNICEF was killed by a
former security guard in the organization’s office the same
The Islamist group,
al-Shabab which is fighting to topple the Western-backed
government, has been targeting aid workers for political gain,
sometimes demanding ransom in order to free the hostages.
community says the volatile security situation continues to
impact on civilian lives and create a challenging environment
for the delivery of humanitarian assistance.