The fight against Violent extremists and terrorist organizations has made significant strides in recent weeks. The government of Somalia earlier this month announced the death of 300 terrorists across the Republic of Somalia. But the terrorists have since then taken a different approach which is targeting children in schools.
Last week, Al-Shabaab targeted a school in Dayniile District killing several young boys and girls, and also kidnapped the headmaster. Eyewitnesses said that the blast came from the headmaster’s vehicle, revealing that he was originally the main target. It is not yet known why the headmaster was kidnapped but experts say that Al Shabaab wants to disrupt what they term as ‘Western education’.
Another reason for the kidnapping could be because the headmaster was part of the delegates involved in the election of MPs in Galmudug state. Al-Shabaab is against any government that is not their own or that does not acknowledge the terrorists as legitimate leaders of the horn of Africa country.
Experts say that by Al Shabaab attacking children at their most vulnerable, it is a low-cost militant strategy that the terrorist group has recently adopted due to lack of funds to procure artillery, and also with their ever depleting militia numbers, it seems cost-effective to the terrorists.
Al Shabaab’s atrocious act of targeting children shows the terrorist group’s inhumane character. They seek to rid Somalia of a bright future. Children are the future and with access to education, the country has a chance at development, good governance and freedom to practice true uncorrupted Islam that is peaceful and inclusive to all citizens of the nation of Somalia.
U.S. ambassador to Somalia Larry Andre has since then termed the terrorist group Al Shabaab as dangerous and a threat to the very essence of society, unity. U.S. has intensified military activities in Somalia due to ongoing elections in the country.