Children as young as 4 years old were found being indoctrinated by al-Shabaab elements in Tanga. Above is a screenshot from a video produced by al-Shabaab’s media arm al-Kataib, showing young boys being indoctrinated in Somalia. (Sabahi Online)
Tanzanian police broke up an al-Shabaab training operation in Tanga region, arresting 69 suspects and freeing dozens of recruits ranging from 4 to 13 years old in a security sweep carried out October 28th to November 5th…
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…On the first day of the operation, police rescued 54 children and 32 women who were found at a training facility in Lwande and reunited them with their families the first week of November, according to Kilindi District Commissioner Selemani Liwowa.
Indoctrinating very young minds
Another 20 children, aged between 4 and 13 and who “had been completely brainwashed” by al-Shabaab at a local mosque, were placed in a rehabilitation programme, Liwowa told Sabahi.
When police found them at Madina mosque, the youngsters possessed exercise books which contained teachings on “how to kill using a knife [or] a machete, how to fight aggressors with weapons and without [weapons], how to sabotage the economy and how to liberate East Africa from the hands of the kuffar [infidels],” according to Liwowa.