Monday December 11, 2017

Al Shabaab claims deadly Kenya coast shooting

NAIROBI – heavily armed Somali militant group, the al shabaab stormed into the town of Mpeketoni, near the coastal island and popular tourist resort of Lamu, late on Sunday. Numbering about 50 fighters, the group first attacked a police station, before starting to randomly shoot at civilians, some of whom had been watching the World Cup in local bars and hotels. About 48 innocent people are confirmed dead and many more injured. 
Al-Shabaab on Monday came out and claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for the killing of Muslim clerics in Kenya.
Kenya has been in bloodbath with Al Shabaab related killings since last year. 
The group vowed revenge, carrying out  attacks on Kenyan including last September’s deadly killings  on Nairobi’s Westgate mall in which at least 67 people were massacred. 
Kenya troops were deployed into Somali in 2011 to fight al shabaab. at the beginning of 2013, the group appeared to have lost grown since they couldn’t sustain the combined forces of 22,000 AU forces and Kenyan army. But the group has since changed their tactic of direct military fight with the AU and Kenyan forces. instead they adopted a strategy of carrying urban areas bombings and suicide activities. 
 
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