Al-Shabaab Extorting Kenyans For Funding
The militant group's activities appear to have intensified in Kenya's coastal and northeastern regions, where it has deployed local recruits to collect millions of shillings through extortion, illegal taxation and even robbery. The changing tactic is fuelled by the financial mess in Somalia, following the widening gap between Al-Shabaab's de facto leader Ahmed Diriye, aka Abu Ubeyda, and the head of finance Mahad Karate, according to a security report seen by the Sunday Nation.
A police escort vehicle which was attacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Nyongoro (file photo).
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