A Somali Islamist militant on patrol in northern Mogadishu

Islamists Recruited at Youth Center

Updated 10:00 AM

A youth leader here has been pointed out as a recruiter for the Somali Islamist rebel group al-Shabaab.

We’ve previously reported that several of the young men who have been recruited from Sweden to al-Shabaab were enlisted at a recreational center outside Stockholm.

 Now around ten people in Rinkeby, which has a predominantly immigrant population, have singled out a youth leader at the center as the recruiter. Since the earlier report the recreational center has lost its public funding and the youth leader is reportedly now in Somalia.

The security service of the Swedish police says the Islamist organisation has recruited around 20 young people from Sweden. Several of them have died in the fighting in Somalia.

Al-Shabaab has been designated as a terrorist organisation by Sweden, the United States, and other countries.

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