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ICC Note:

Saturday night marked the beginning of a new stage of terror for Kenya. On Saturday, a group of 15 Islamic Extremists believed to be part of the terrorist organization Al-Shabaab, attacked the village of Jima in Kenya. Attacks have not been uncommon for villages in Kenya recently, with many attacks taking place in Mandera and Lamu Counties. This attack, however, was different in the way it was conducted. The majority of attacks have been with guns and bombs, but this attack involved the beheading of young males, a new tactic for Al-Shabaab in Kenya. The brutality of these kind of attacks are devastating.

 

2017-07-09 Kenya (TheGuardian) Al-Shabaab extremists from neighbouring Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an attack on a village in Kenya, officials said, adding to growing concerns that the Islamist militant group has taken up a new strategy.

The attack occurred on Saturday in the village of Jima, south-east Kenya, said James Ole Serian, who leads a task force of security agencies combating al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaida.

Beheadings by al-Shabaab have been rare in Kenya even as the group has carried out dozens of deadly attacks over the years. Beheadings are not uncommon in Somalia, where the group carries them out on people who are believed to be their enemies and to terrorise local populations.

Kenya has seen an increase in attacks claimed by al-Shabaab in recent weeks, posing a security threat before next month’s presidential election. Al-Shabaab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops in 2011 to Somalia to fight the group, which became the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa last year.

 

 

 

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