Ethiopian Army Arrests 100 Suspected Al-Shabaab Recruits

Members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces stand in formation during a ceremony in Baidoa, Somalia, to mark the inclusion of Ethiopia into the African Union peace keeping mission in the country on January 22. AU UN IST PHOTO / Tobin Jones

The Ethiopian army says it arrested more than 100 young men recruited to fight alongside Somali militant group Al-Shabaab.

The Ethiopian National Defence Force (ENDF) said Thursday the youths were trying to flee the country and join the insurgent group Al-Shabaab.

The military said the Somalia-based terror group has been trying to infiltrate and make Ethiopia a terrorist zone. In August, Al-Shabaab militants crossed the border into Ethiopia, sparking days of attacks.

Ethiopia said it killed more than 800 Al-Shabaab fighters who had crossed into the country.

Ethiopia contributes troops to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), which is supporting the Somali government in it’s effort to stabilize the country.