London, 12 April 2010 (Somalilandpress) – Violent Somali gangs are building crime empires in Britain through a brutal campaign of terror, the Daily Star reports.
The self-styled soldiers are raking in thousands of pounds a day through house raids and armed robberies. They are also committing savage acts of violence to protect their money-spinning businesses.
Drugs, guns and knives plague two Somali communities, in London and Liverpool.
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On the tough backstreets of Toxteth, Liverpool, kids were walking home from school as Somali dealers as young as 14 sold crack cocaine outside a grotty corner shop.
Some of the gangsters were born in Liverpool. Others had fled their war-ravaged nation at an early age.
The paper quoted a 24-year-old ex-gang member, who had served four years in jail for attempted murder, as saying: “When you grow up surrounded by rape and murder and violence and war, anything’s going to be a better life.