At least 39 dead in Kenyan mall attack by al-Shabaab terrorists in which non-Muslims (Christians and Jews) were targeted.
Update: 09/24: There are at least 62 dead, almost 200 wounded including Americans. Ten suspects have been arrested and three were killed. The battle at the mall is ongoing. The attackers claim they are holding hostages.
The attack is in part revenge for an attack in Somalia, but they singled out and murdered non-Muslims. The mall is Israeli owned and it is believed that the attack is an attack on Jews as well as Christians.
Victims were asked to recite a Muslim prayer and if they didn’t recite it adequately, they were shot in the head.
The attack was well-planned and followed the al-Qaeda playbook of going after soft targets in small attacks on western targets.
There is no proof that Americans of Somali heritage are or not involved in the attack but it is under investigation. American Somalians are being radicalized in the States and more than half have come from the Minneapolis area. It is not outlandish to think American citizens are involved.
Update via PJ Media: 09/22: Al-Chabaab announced that there are three American gunmen involved in the attack of the Kenyan mall. They are Ahmed Mohamed Isse, 22, “native” of St. Paul, MN, Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid, 24, of Minneapolis, and Gen Mustafe Noorudiin, 27, of Kansas City, MO.
Al-Shabaab recently released a PR video targeted at Somali-Americans in Minnesota, trying to lure them to jihad as more than two dozen have already done so through the state’s “terror pipeline.” Three Americans — Abdisalan Hussein Ali, Farah Mohamed Beledi andShirwa Ahmed — from Minnesota have been suicide bombers for Al-Shabaab in a series of attacks in Mogadishu over the past few years.
Other gunmen were named as being from locations such as Finland, Canada, the UK., Somalia and Kenya. None of the names were female, even though witnesses reported a white woman among the shooters.
Original Story: A vicious attack by about 10 to 15 al-Shabaab gunmen on an upscale Kenyan mall Saturday has so far left 68 dead, 179 injured, scores missing. About 15 to 30 hostages are still inside, as well as possibly a dozen gunmen. A white woman reportedly with the group might be al-Shabaab’s notorious “White Widow,” Samantha Lewthwaite, but that is speculation.
Americans are reportedly among the wounded, one of the deceased is the wife of an American diplomat. Three Britons are among the dead.
People are being executed in cold blood.
The attack was on a children’s day event, undoubtedly to inflict the greatest amount of terror and carnage.
The terrorists sorted out the Muslims and non-Muslims by asking questions, freeing Muslims and killing and wounding non-Muslims, holding others hostage.
Al-Shabaab is on the State Department’s terrorist watch list but their connection to Al Qaeda is minimized or unrecognized publicly.
Al Shabaab has a growing strength because of its relationship with al Qaeda.
Peter King, while serving on the Foreign Relations Committee, was harshly criticized for bringing the dangers posed by Al-Shabaab to the fore during three public hearings in which he linked radical Islam abroad to radicalization domestically. He was trying to raise awareness but was lambasted as a Muslim-hater.
In June, 2011, King said, Al-Shabaab (Arabic for “the youth”) is the Somalia affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda and Anwar al-Aulaqi’s al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is actively recruiting and radicalizing dozens of Muslim-American jihadis. It is growing at an alarming rate and they are producing the largest number of homegrown terror cases filed by the Justice Department over the past two years.
President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has said the Administration remains, quote, “…Vigilant that al-Shabaab may expand its focus from fighting to control Somalia to plotting to attack the U.S. homeland.” Despite this, the media chose to demonize Rep. King for saying the same thing.
Rep. King addressed the media’s assault on his hearings: “…Finally, I note that certain elements of the politically correct media—most egregiously the vacuous ideologues at the New York Times—are shamelessly attempting to exploit the horrific tragedy in Norway to cause me to refocus these hearings away from Muslim-American radicalization.
Rep. King demonstrated that Al Qaeda has changed their tactics and they are now concentrating on infiltrating and radicalizing here in this country with the help of illegals from these countries and groups like CAIR, unindicted co-conspirators. King was attacked as a McCarthyite and his attempt to raise awareness about the growing threat of radicalization in this country.
Listen to an interview with Rep. King on this link. He said that the Mosques in New York are radicalized but no one is coming forward. About 80% of the Mosques in America are controlled by extremists though they do not reflect the rank-and-file members. The money comes from countries like Saudi Arabia. The interview is worth listening to through to the end.
Mr. Obama, with help from his friends in the media, refuses to recognize the problem and it will therefore not be dealt with appropriately. The problem is radical islam and they are growing in strength by connecting the smaller terrorist groups through improved communication and organization.
The “so-called War on Terror,” as Obama calls it, is a problem for everybody, he says. His strong belief is terrorism will emerge and take root where “countries are not delivering for their people” and where there are “sources of conflict and underlying frustrations” that have not been adequately dealt with as in Somalia. In other words, he believes we should sell them stuff.
Obama, speaking before a South African Town Hall June 29, 2013, said that the answer is NOT military defense, but strong institutions and the opportunity for democracy. Democratic institutions (socialist) need to be established in the rural areas of these countries he says.
It’s not terrorism in Mali which is also overrun by al-Shabaab, it’s a government not delivering.
Weak governments are a problem but this viewpoint completely ignores the current reality of Al Qaeda as they establish links with groups like Boko Haram.