ISIS the pull for most radicalized Kenyan youth
06 April 2015, 10:00
Nairobi - Joining the Islamic State ISIS is the main pull for radicalized Kenyan youth, who dream of fighting for currently, the world's foremost terror group.
Mohammed Abdirahim Abdullahi, is now known as the main man behind the terror attack on the Garissa University College that saw the lives of 148 innocent Kenyans ended last week Thursday.
Abdulahi, according to many familiar with the movement of terrorists in Kenya was keen on joining the Islamic State in Syria, which has in recent times attracted thousands of foreigners to its force.
Many Africans, especially from north Africa have been known to join ISIS and according to terrorism and radicalization scholar James Thenge, the goal for many of the Kenyan youth seeking to join the dark world of terror is to join the holy grail that is ISIS.
" It is a well known fact that they all want to join ISIS. That is the goal for them," he said.
" ISIS has become some sort of fad. It is the way cool kids go for the latest fashion. It appeals to the young in a way that has never been seen before," he adds.
" If you look at the profile of people running away from home to go join ISIS, it is shocking. They are not from poor families and impoverished places.
" This new breed of terrorists is well read and is ruthless, just like Abdulahi," he adds.
According to former TV reporter Yassin Juma, who is now an independent journalist, Abdulahi wanted to join ISIS but was frustrated because he did not have a passport.
Others Kenyans, he says, are rumoured to have already joined ISIS and that the number could grow especially after the heinous crime committed by Abdulahi.
" It will grow. It is now up to the community to work to ensure that such elements are found early and taken care of before they become full blown menaces to society".
" It is like a cancer. Unless we treat it early, we will see more and more of our own killing us and that will be a tragedy," he adds.
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