IGAD calls for religious and tribal leaders to fight Al-Shabaab

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Friday called for active involvement of religious and tribal leaders in the fight against the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab.

The statement was made by Abebe Muluneh, Director of IGAD’s Security Sector Program (IGAD SSP), at the conclusion of a three-day conference held in the Eastern Ethiopia city of Dire Dawa.

He said the conference aimed to find ways to educate the public on the misguided teachings and propaganda of Al-Shabaab.

The conference is part of a series of trainings the east African block is undertaking to various community leaders to help disseminate knowledge to communities at grassroots level.

Al-Shabaab is a jihadist fundamentalist group that has been waging an insurgency in Somalia for about a decade to impose strict Islamic law.

The group has also been accused of carrying out terrorist attacks in other IGAD member states including Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Djibouti. Enditem