Al Shabaab Mocks Kenya, Threatens More Attacks

Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab rebels have threatened more attacks against Kenya, taking to Twitter to mock the country after Islamist gunmen attacked a Nairobi shopping mall, killing at least 67 people.

“The mesmeric performance by the Westgate Warriors was undoubtedly gripping, but despair not folks, that was just the premiere of Act 1,” the group said in one of a string of messages posted on Twitter overnight.

Kenya Defence Forces soldiers take their position at the Westgate shopping centre on Tuesday..Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters
Kenya Defence Forces soldiers take their position at the Westgate shopping centre on Tuesday..Picture: Noor Khamis/Reuters

The al-Shabaab has said it was responsible for the assault on Westgate, which saw a group of gunmen walk into the part Israeli-owned mall at midday Saturday and gun down shoppers and staff.

Another message said it had been “a great pleasure to have had you completely enthralled for more than 100 hours. What a wonderful audience you’ve been!”.

It also boasted that the “Kenyan government is still in disarray”, saying it “won’t be until several months when it fully comprehends exactly what took place at Westgate”.

Al-Shabaab chief Ahmed Abdi Godane said the Nairobi mall carnage was retaliation for Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia.

Kenya invaded southern Somalia to attack al-Shabaab bases two years ago, and later joined the 17,700-strong African Union force deployed there.

2 thoughts on “Al Shabaab Mocks Kenya, Threatens More Attacks

  1. Our hearts go to the Victims we wish them quick recovery. However to the authorities in Kenya we say please invest more on HUMANIT and Technology so as to stop this type of attacks.

  2. Kenya has a long way to go given the fact that the country’s key security positions are given out to only one section of the populace. I was also disturbed by the speech from the president just after the attack, which truely portrayed that the boy was totally drank. Ruto should take up the presidency he seems to be more in a stable state than the boy (Uhuru).

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