Al-Shabab be­heads 9

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Al-Shabab ex­trem­ists from neigh­bor­ing So­ma­lia be­headed nine civil­ians in an early-morn­ing at­tack on a vil­lage in the south­east, Kenyan of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day, as con­cerns grew that the group had taken up a bloody new strat­egy. The at­tack oc­curred in Jima vil­lage in Lamu County, said James Ole Se­rian, who leads a task force of se­cu­rity agencies com­bat­ing Al-Shabab. Be­head­ings by AlShabab have been rare in Kenya, where the ex­trem­ist group has car­ried out dozens of deadly at­tacks over the years. The East African coun­try has seen an in­crease in at­tacks claimed by Al-Shabab in re­cent weeks, pos­ing a se­cu­rity threat ahead of next month’s pres­i­den­tial election. The Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab has vowed ret­ri­bu­tion on Kenya for send­ing troops in 2011 to So­ma­lia to fight the group, which last year be­came the dead­li­est Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group in Africa. Yes­ter­day’s at­tack oc­curred in the Pandaguo area, where Al-Shabab fight­ers en­gaged se­cu­rity agencies in a day-long bat­tle three days ago.

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