Addis Ababa March 26/2013 The Joint Anti-terror Taskforce of the National Intelligence and Security Service and the Federal Police said it has put under control al-Shabaab members, who entered the Ethiopian territory to kidnap foreign citizens working in Dollo refugee camp.
The taskforce said the foreigners are employees of the World Food Program and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) working in the camp.
It said the number of members of the terrorist group, who are put under custody, has now reached eight including those involved in plotting to abduct the foreigners.
The Taskforce said al-Shabaab has now launched a new strategy to kidnap foreigners working in Ethiopia and other neighbouring countries for ransom.
Al-Shabaab has lost support of the people of Somalia, the taskforce said, adding, the terrorist group is getting weak and disarrayed due to the joint efforts of the TFG of Somalia, AMISOM and troops of neighbouring countries.
The terrorist group has lost control of Southern Somalia in particular Kismayo, which the group had used as its main source of income for years and this brought about economic crisis on al-Shabaab.
Therefore, al-Shabaab has begun implementing a new strategy to kidnap foreigners for ransom and thereby improve its economic capacity.
The taskforce said members of the group, who are put under control, will be brought to court as soon as investigation is completed.