Britain to help $9.1M in fighting against Al Shabaab
Britain announced 7 million pounds to Somalia and African Union peacekeeping forces to boast fighting against Al Shabaab.
The announcement was made after Britian’s PMTheresa May has on Thursday visited her troops in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, helping to train Kenyan forces with African Union peacekeepers in Somalia.
May says British forces are committed to train Kenyan peacekeepers in Somalia to handle the threat of explosives used by the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, the deadliest Islamic extremist group in sub-Saharan Africa.
May’s visit was reportedly bringing 7 million pounds ($9.1 million) in new funding for the AU peacekeeping mission, as well as 60 million pounds to help Somalis recover from drought.
The remaining 25 million pounds will go toward helping the fragile Horn of Africa nation’s government, which is fighting against Al Shabaab.
The Kenyan army has for years been present in the area in a bid to disrupt attacks by al-Qaeda linked jihadists from the Shabaab group.
The group vowed to rump up its attacks in Kenyan soul until Nairobi withdraws its army forces with African Union peacekeeping force from Somalia.
In 2011, Kenya has sent its military forces into Somalia to avert border attacks and kidnappings by Al Shabaab.
Last month, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, reacting to bomb attack near border town has vowed that the Kenyan military would stay in Somalia until the terror group is defeated