al-Shebab promise more attacks in Kenya

2014-12-02 08:30

Nairobi – Somalia’s al-Shebab rebels have claimed responsibility for the massacre of 36 quarry workers in northeast Kenya, and vowed to be “uncompromising, relentless and ruthless” in fighting Kenya.

“In another successful operation carried out by the Mujahideen, nearly 40 Kenyan crusaders met their demise after a unit from the Saleh Nabhan brigade raided them in the midnight hours of Monday at Koromei, on the outskirts of Mandera,” al-Shebab spokesperson Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage said today.

The incident, the latest in a series of attacks, took place overnight about 15km from the remote town of Mandera and close to the dangerous border with war-torn Somalia, where the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shebab and other militia have carried out a string of raids.

The quarry killings follow a separate attack last night in the town of Wajir, in which one person was killed and 12 wounded when gunmen hurled grenades and sprayed a bar with bullets.

“Our team is on the ground undertaking assessments of the attack,” the Kenya Red Cross said today.

The attack in Mandera is close to where al-Shebab last month executed 28 non-Muslims who were grabbed from a bus.

The group said the bus attack was carried out in revenge for police raids on mosques in Kenya’s key port of Mombasa.

Kenya has suffered a series of attacks since invading Somalia in 2011 to attack al-Shebab. Kenyan forces have since joined an African Union force battling the terrorist group.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for either of the attacks.

On Sunday, Kenyan media reported that the embattled interior minister and police chief may soon be sacked over “repeated lapses” in security following a wave of attacks.

Both officials mentioned in the report have been under fire since last year’s attack by al-Shebab against the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, in which at least 67 people were killed in a siege involving four gunmen and which lasted four days.

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