Shabaab steps up kidnap of professionals to aid agenda

Al-Shabaab militants during a training in Somalia. At least 11 people have been abducted in Mandera by suspected Shabaab militants in the past one year. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Most prominent locals along the porous border have been forced to flee their homes for fear of abduction.
  • Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, last August, said police did not have permission to cross the border in search of the doctors.

Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab has ramped up kidnappings as a way of beefing up its pool of professionals and gathering intelligence.

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