Kenyan teacher jailed for enlisting pupils into al Shabaab

January 7, 2016 16:46

MOMBASA, Kenya - A Kenyan primary school teacher who recruited pupils into the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in neighboring Somalia was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a court on Thursday.

The judge ruled the teacher, Samuel Wanjala Wabwile alias Salim Mohamed Wabwile, had taken advantage of poverty in the coastal county of Kilifi where school children walk in tattered uniforms without shoes to bait them using incentives like food.The East African nation has suffered a string of deadly attacks by al Shabaab in recent years, which scared away tourists and damaged economic growth.

Officials say dozens of youths have crossed into Somalia in the past three years for training by the militants after being recruited and radicalized at home.

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