Al-Shabab mil­i­tants be­head Kenyans

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

NAIROBI, Kenya — Al-Shabab ex­trem­ists from neigh­bor­ing So­ma­lia be­headed nine civil­ians in an early-morn­ing at­tack on a vil­lage in the south­east, Kenyan of­fi­cials said Satur­day, 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 fight­ing al-Shabab. A po­lice re­port said about 15 al-Shabab fight­ers de­scended on the vil­lage and seized sev­eral men, killing them with knives.

Be­head­ings by al-Shabab 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-Qaida-linked al-Shabab has vowed ret­ri­bu­tion on Kenya for send­ing troops in 2011 to So­ma­lia to fight the mil­i­tants, who last year be­came the dead­li­est Is­lamic ex­trem­ist group in Africa.


Pa­pier-mache repli­cas of the crit­i­cally en­dan­gered vaquita porpoise sit on blue plas­tic Satur­day in front of the Na­tional Palace in Mex­ico City dur­ing a World Wildlife Fund event call­ing on the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment to step up ef­forts to pro­tect the world’s small­est marine mam­mal.

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