· More violence in the country mourning the massacre at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi ·
Fighting against Islamic Somali military radicals of Al Shabaab in Kenya is becoming increasingly difficult. While the country is in a period of national mourning following the massacre at Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, more violence has occurred, killing one person and injuring two. Yesterday a Catholic church was targeted in Wajir, a small city in the northern part of the country not far from the border with Somalia. The attackers threw two grenades at the church and then shot at the police, before running away. In the past, the same area has been attacked in a similar way and all have been attributed to Al Shabaab. Then this morning, armed men attacked a police station in the northeast district, Mandera, killing two officers and injuring three.
The attack in Wajir seems to confirm a marked fundamentalist deviation of the Somali group, which despite its Islamic radicalism, has mostly been characterized in the past by nationalism. This was underlined yesterday evening when Ahmed Abdi Godane, the group's leader, said in an internet message that the attack in the mall in Nairobi was a message to Westerners and to Kenya, “leave Somalia or there will be more blood”.
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