صحف نت - The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) rescued 13 youth who had been recruited by Somalia-based group Al-Shabaab.
The youth of ages between 18-34 were rescued while in Ras Kamboni, Somalia, on April 29 following statements their parents recorded with police.
The youth were on Monday flown to Malindi, Kilifi County, from Kiunga where they were received by Malindi OCPD Matawa Muchangi.
The returnees – who are from Kilifi and Lamu counties – were recruited on March 26 this year.
A senior security officer said after being recruited, Ali handed the unsuspecting youths to Abdlalla Shekue – a boat owner in Kiunga, who took them to Somalia.
The official said the returnees were recruited on March 26 and KDF managed to rescue them on April 29 after some reported to their families.
“Shekue handed over them to Yusuf Ali on the pretext that they were going to engage in fishing in Somalia.”
“During their one month stay in Somalia, the boys moved from Mdoa to Bula Haji with the intention to be recruited to fight for al Shabaab,” the official said.
The security officer said Mdoa and Bula Haji are al Shabaab bases.
They are currently being held at the Malindi police station and will be reunited with their families on Tuesday.
“They will be with the police for profiling to known exactly what they went through and whether they require trauma counseling or medical assistance,” the officer said.
The officer urged people to report any cases of people trying to promise those jobs and not accept such offers without verifying with the relevant authorities such as the Labour and Interior ministries.
The Official said since 2011 KDF managed to rescue more than 1,100 youths who had joined al Shabaab.
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