Over the course of 11 days, al-Shabaab has committed to attacks in northern Kenya, singling out and executing 64 non-Muslims for failing to recite Islamic creeds. A majority Christian country, Kenya deployed forces with AMISOM, the African Union mission waging war against al-Shabaab, a radical Islamic insurgency, in Somalia in 2011. Since, al-Shabaab, or “the boys,” has perpetrated acts of terror against the state; but, in recent months, numerous attacks in the Somali and coastal regions of Kenya have seen to the massacre of scores of Christians at the hands of al-Shabaab and its Kenyan affiliates.
12/04/2014 Kenya (Town Hall) – “We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the at least 38 individuals killed yesterday,” the White House said in a statement condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Kenya by the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab. “The United States will continue to support Kenya and our regional partners in combating terrorism and violent extremism and protecting human rights.”
The statement is missing one glaring detail, however: Those killed were mainly Christians who were singled out and separated from their fellow Muslim workers.
As a reminder of what happened:
Islamic militant group al-Shabaab has killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers, mainly Christians, after separating them from Muslims at a camp in Kenya. The attack, 10 miles from the town of Mandera, was reportedly carried out in retaliation for the Kenyan army’s presence and anti-terror operations in Somalia.
“The militia separated the Muslims, then ordered the non-Muslims to lie down where they shot them on the head at close range,” said Hassan Duba, an elder at a nearby village, according toReuters.
By the statement, one would have no idea religion played any role in the terrorist attack–both the victims’ religion and the perpetrators’. And it’s not as though this is an isolated attack. Al-Shabaab has made it clear they want to drive Christians (“crusaders”) out “from Muslim lands” and a spokesman for the terrorist group said as much about the recent attack.