The Islamic extremist group that killed scores of people at a Nairobi mall has now attacked two Kenyan towns near the Somali border, killing three people.
The leader of the Somali group affiliated with Al Qaida said the attacks will continue until Kenyan troops are withdrawn from Somalia. The leader of al-Shabab said in a message that there is no way Kenya can “withstand a war of attrition inside your own country”.
“Make your choice today and withdraw all your forces,” said Ahmed Abdi Mohamed Godane, who goes by his nom de guerre Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, in a new statement posted on the Internet late yesterday.
“Otherwise be prepared for an abundance of blood that will be spilt in your country, economic downfall and displacement.”
Al-Shabab said the Nairobi mall attack was not only directed at Kenya, but was also “a retribution against the Western states that supported the Kenyan invasion and are spilling the blood of innocent Muslims in order to pave the way for their mineral companies,” according to the statement from Godane. Al-Shabab attacked Nairobi’s upscale Westgate mall on Saturday and held it for four days in a siege in which at least 67 people, including three Indians, were killed.
Forensic experts from around the world, including the USA, Britain, Germany and Canada, continued their work today reconstructing events in the crime scene.
Early today, the militants attacked the border town of Mandera, killing two police officers, injuring three others and destroying 11 vehicles, said regional police chief Charlton Mureithi.
USA issues advisory: In the aftermath of the Nairobi attack, the USA has issued for its citizens worldwide, including in India, a caution stating terrorist outfits like Al Qaida, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiyyaba are engaged in parlous activities.