100 ji­hadists slain over bus mas­sacre

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NAIROBI: Kenyan se­cu­rity forces have pur­sued and killed more than 100 mil­i­tants and de­stroyed their camp in So­ma­lia after the am­bush of a Nairobi-bound bus that killed 28 peo­ple, Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto said yes­ter­day.

So­ma­lia’s Is­lamist al-Shabaab mil­i­tants have claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack on Satur­day, when gun­men or­dered pas­sen­gers on the bus to re­cite Qur’an verses and shot dead non-Mus­lims – 19 men and nine women – who could not.

The group said the killing out­side Man­dera, a town in the far north-east near the So­mali and Ethiopian bor­ders, was in re­tal­i­a­tion for raids on mosques in the south­ern port city of Mom­basa.

Kenyan po­lice said on Satur­day that se­cu­rity forces pur­sued the at­tack­ers as they fled to So­ma­lia after the am­bush.

“Two suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tions were car­ried out against the per­pe­tra­tors of th­ese mur­der­ous ex­e­cu­tions across the bor­der. Our re­tal­ia­tory ac­tion left in its trail more than 100 fa­tal­i­ties,” Ruto told a news con­fer­ence in Nairobi.

He said a camp used by the at­tack­ers and four “tech­ni­cals” – pick-up trucks mounted with guns – were also de­stroyed.

“Our mes­sage to them is clear: you may sneak and at­tack in­no­cent civil­ians. But for any at­tack on Kenya and its peo­ple, we shall pur­sue you wher­ever you go,” Ruto said.

Satur­day’s at­tacks drew in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion from So­ma­lia, Bri­tain, the US and UN.

For­mer prime min­is­ter Raila Odinga, an op­po­si­tion leader, called on the gov­ern­ment to do more to counter the coun­try’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing se­cu­rity. “When can we ex­pect an end to this?” he asked. – Reuters

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