Over the weekend, a devastating terrorist attack took place in Nairobi, Kenya, when gunmen aligned with the terrorist group Al-Shabaab attacked a shopping mall in the capital city of Kenya. For the last three days, police have laid siege to the mall in attempt to kill or capture the terrorist members before they did any more damage. At least 62 people have been killed and many more wounded in the fighting that began over the weekend in Kenya.
Al-Shahaab is based in the lawless land of Somalia and is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda. Before their Twitter account was shut down “Al-Shabaab issued a list of the names of nine people it said were among the attackers. It said three were from the United States, two from Somalia and one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom. Sources within Al-Shabaab also told CNN that the nine names published on Twitter were among the alleged hostage-takers, but CNN has not been able to independently confirm that.”
Witness accounts claim that around midday, 10 to 15 men began shooting in the mall. They moved from store to store shooting people and asking questions. “While we were back there, you could hear them methodically going from store to store, talking to people and asking questions… They were shooting, screaming. Then it would stop for a while and they would go to another store.” Al-Shabaab claimed that they were targeting non-Muslims.
While only three of the attackers have been confirmed dead, the Kenyan military has secured most of the building and are actively searching for the remaining gunmen. Kenyan police Inspector General David Kimaiyo took to Twitter to encourage the public: “Taken control of all the floors. We’re not here to feed the attackers with pastries but to finish and punish them.”
The attack comes at the same time that Al-Qaeda allies in the Taliban attacked and killed more than 80 people in a Christian Church in Pakistan.
The terrorist groups in the Islamic world seem to be turning up the heat on local governments and US allies over the last few months, making President Obama’s contention that the radical Islamic groups are weakening seem pretty empty. It’s more than apparent with the recent surges in violence in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and now these attacks, that radical Islamic terrorism is alive and well.
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