Mystery in Kenya where 25 agents have been reported killed in an attack by the terrorist group al Shebaab. The local police have not confirmed the news as the attack occurred during the night when a security force convoy had been attacked killing an officer and seriously injuring other 4 people. According to the daily newspaper, about ten policemen were thought to be missing and subsequently found again.
Even though the case has still to be clarified, there are no doubts that al Shabaab has struck again, proof of it is a message broadcast on the radio “Andalus” by the group’s spokesman, Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Mus’ab‘: “We have even destroyed five police convoys in the attack. The number of people that have been killed are significantly higher”. The attacks of the terrorist groups had already begun in the country way back in 2011 when the Islamic Somalian guerillas began abducting westerners in the north of the country demanding ransoms. Following the kidnapping of 4 women, the Kenyan government had decided to send troops in Somalia to neutralise the rebels affiliated to al Qaeda, a move which provole the immediate reaction of the extremists who in retaliation threatened to attack Kenya. Since then the country has faced numerous and bloody attacks, amongst which the one on the university campus is said to be the most merciless.
The first attack occurred in January 2012 where 5 people lost their lives in an explosion in a bar in Garissa. The same year, the country was marked by other 5 attacks and 47 victims. In 2013, in 4 different Islamic extremist attacks, 93 people have died, 67 of which in the Westgate shopping Mall in Nairobi. The year 2014 too, was marked by blood and an intensification of the attacks, eight in total resulting in approximately 194 victims and over 200 wounded.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati