In The News: Chaos In Kenya

Words by Chan Bam

This past Saturday (Sept. 21), over a dozen gunmen burst into the Kenyan Westgate Shopping Mall and opened fire on innocent patrons. The current count on fatalities is 62, according to the Red Cross.Kenyan officials are stating they’ve apprehended the men involved, attempting to reassure a shaken community that this horrific deadly weekend has come to a close.
Three of the terrorists have been confirmed dead. According to the Al-Shabaab, this attack was the responsibility of several Americans, amongst others. This is highly unlikely, as Al-Shabaab is known as part of the militant Islamist group, al-Qaeda (founded by Osama bin Laden). U.S. officials do not have any evidence to support this incredulous accusation. There has been confirmation through video surveillance of a white woman involved in the shootings. But instead of American, she’s being loosely identified as Samantha Lewthwaite, al Qaeda’s “White Widow,” who’s been wanted by the Kenyan authorities for her involvement in financing the terrorist groups.
Per their twitter account, which has since been suspended, the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terror group sent in the gunmen as retaliation for Kenya’s involvement in an African Union military effort against the group – which is al Qaeda’s alternative team in Somalia. Kenya’s participation included defeat over the al Qaeda group back in 2011, resulting in several attacks – grenades being thrown at their churches, bus stops and other public places, but this weekend’s attack – much more significant and fatal.
Witnesses of the assault state during the attack the shooters were questioning patrons, going from store to store. What was questioned is unclear, but there are talks of Muslim versus non-Muslim and the non-Muslims being the main target. The story is continuing to develop, as the investigation goes on.
Kenyan president promises:

    “They shall not get away with their despicable, beastly acts. Like the cowardly perpetrators now cornered in the building, we will punish the masterminds swiftly and indeed very painfully.”

Of course the U.S. has to get involved, because we just don’t know how to mind our own damn business. *sigh* According to U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, “we’re going to pursue them.” What that pursuing entails remains unknown. sends prayers and condolences to the people of Kenya.
Words by Chan Bam


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