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)