Kenya compiles list of suspected al-Shabaab members

2015-04-06 21:15
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Nairobi - Kenya is compiling a list of people suspected to have joined Somali militant group al Shabaab, a government source said on Monday.

The list will also include people who have been radicalised by Islamists, but have not necessarily joined the terrorist group yet.

"They are compiling a list of all those youths who are missing and suspected of having joined al-Shabaab," said the source, who is involved in the response to last week's attack by al-Shabaab on a university in Garissa, in which 148 people died.

Regional governors, members of parliament and security officials are expected to help draw up the list, he said.

Retaliation

On Sunday, the Kenyan air force bombed two al-Shabaab camps in Somalia, in the first major military response to last week's attack by the militant group on a Kenyan university.

Jets pounded the camps in Gondodowe and Ismail, both in the Gedo region bordering Kenya, a military source said on Monday. Cloud cover made it difficult to establish how much damage the bombings caused or estimate the death toll.

"We targeted the two areas because according to information we have, those [al-Shabaab] fellows are coming from there to attack Kenya," he said.

Al-Shabaab militants have killed more than 400 people in Kenya since April 2013.

Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  al-qaeda  |  kenya  |  east africa  |  garissa attack

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