There was a horrific attack in Kenya at a mall by the Al-Shabab rebel group in Somalia. Many people are misunderstanding this and seeing it as “violence in the name of Islam”, but sadly it is not about religion at all. This terrorist attack is tragic and is condemned by all those who yearn for peace, but we should not allow it to be means to attack an entire faith group.
The Shabab, an Islamist militant group based in Somalia, took responsibility for the attack, saying it was revenge for Kenya’s military operations in Somalia, which began nearly two years ago. “Kenya will not get peace unless they pull their military out of Somalia,” said Ali Mohamoud Rage, the Shabab’s spokesman, in a radio address. The Shabab also sent out a barrage of buoyant Twitter messages, bragging about the prowess of their fighters before Twitter abruptly suspended the account late Saturday. Later, a new one was set up.
(Source: New York Times)
Clearly it has nothing to do with insulting Islam. It has nothing to do with drawing cartoons. It has nothing to do with Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him. It has nothing to do Islam.
Somali militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility on Twitter for the deadly shooting, which was allegedly carried out by 10 to 15 gunmen with AK-47s and other sophisticated weapons. Al-Shabaab said the attack was retribution for Kenyan forces’ 2011 push into Somalia and threatened more violence.
(Source: USA Today)
(Reuters) – Islamist militants were holed up with hostages on Sunday at a shopping mall in Nairobi, where at least 59 people have been killed in an attack by the al Shabaab group that opposes Kenya’s participation in a peacekeeping mission in neighboring Somalia.
This murderous rebel group Al-Shabab should be condemned. I pray for peace for the victims and patients to the survivors and all the families connected with this tragic event.