Al-Shabaab Targets Kenya

On Monday, a shopping center in downtown Nairobi erupted into chaos when a bomb exploded, killing at least one person and injuring dozens. While the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab has not claimed responsibility, evidence, according to Kenyan officials, indicates that the attack was carried out by al-Shabaab or one of its sympathizers.

More sophisticated than the recent spate of grenade attacks, the escalation of violence was not entirely unexpected. Last October, the Kenyan government launched Operation Linda Nchi, sending military forces into southern Somalia to eliminate al-Shabaab. Nairobi blames al-Shabaab for violating its territorial sovereignty through kidnappings and criminal activity, which have greatly hindered the country’s business and tourism industry. In response, al-Shabaab vowed retaliation. Then, in April, the U.S. embassy in Nairobi issued a terrorism alert, warning of a possible attack on hotels and government buildings.

Al-Shabaab train with weapons on a street in the outskirts of Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab has warned of an imminent attack in Kenya threatening to bring down tall buildings within two weeks June 1, 2012. FILE

Kenya has a duty to defend its land and citizens, and its contribution to the African Union’s mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is badly needed, but it has come at a cost. Kenya’s geographic proximity to Somalia has resulted in increased skirmishes in the north, and Kenya’s porous borders have allowed significant spillover of Somali refugees. The Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya is the largest in the world, with approximately half a million people. It is also a fertile recruiting ground for Islamist militants seeking to radicalize vulnerable targets. Additionally, Somalis living in Kenya are often discriminated against, as they are stereotyped as criminals and terrorists. With Kenya preparing for elections in March 2013, al-Shabaab might also find opportunities to sow instability ….. READ MORE

NOTE: So now, Islam is attacking Christians and non-Muslims in the Sudan, in Nigeria, and now Kenya. So much for the religion of peace! I hope Europe and America learn sooner rather than later that Islamists will not stop until our way of life is gone along with our freedoms!