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Residents advised to watch out for radicalization

Residents of Vihiga County have been advised to monitor the activities of their children to avoid their being recruited into radical groups.

Vihiga sub county Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Florence Sitawa said violent extremism is a global problem hence the need for concerted efforts to curb the menace.

The DCC was speaking during a County Engagement Forum (CEF) where she particularly asked parents to keenly monitor their children’s behaviour all the time so that they are not recruited into terrorism activities.

Paul Songok, a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) official, said they were liaising with other stakeholders including teachers, religious leaders and administrators to pass messages on terrorism while executing their duties.

He said although the young people were the most targeted, everyone is a potential prey for the perpetrators.

“The terrorists are always changing their tact and they are now harnessing technology, the social media platforms, to spread their doctrines and tangle goodies to woo their targets,” he observed.

By Sammy Mwibanda

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