Sisters join growing list of recruits

Sunday January 8 2012

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

A primary school teacher and two school girls are among the latest Al-Shabaab recruits to cross into Gedo, southwest Somalia.

The trio is said to have joined the terror group at the weekend though Mandera.

The teacher is suspected to have recruited her sister who completed high school last year and a Form Four student at a secondary school in Gilgil.

Marsabit acting DC Kipchumba Rutto said intelligence officers had intercepted a letter linking the teacher to the Islamic group’s recruitment web.

The letter was from a Mr Hassan Sora, who is suspected to be among the men she recruited from Daka Baricha, Marsabit County.

Call to take up arms

It glorified the outlawed group and challenged youths to join the war against enemies of Islam.

Among other things, the letter named the young people from Marsabit targeted for recruitment.

Mr Rutto said the teacher is believed to have met the fundamentalists while studying at teachers’ training college.

Her sister was the chairlady of Muslim League at her school and might have lured her peers to join the group.

The women travelled through Isiolo to Maua where they boarded vehicles transporting miraa to Mandera.

They crossed the porous border into Bulahawa town of Somalia on Saturday.

The teacher is a mother of two and is said to have separated from her husband.

Mr Rutto asked parents to monitor their children’s activities, lest they join the militants.