Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Mandera attack in “revenge” for Mombasa Muslims
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Al-Shabaab have claimed responsibility for the attack carried out early this morning at Mandera County around 3 AM, which left twenty-eight people dead.
According to the statement, which was distributed to several media outlets, the attack was in “revenge for the crimes committed by the Kenyan crusaders against our Muslim brethren in Mombasa”.
The Al-Shabaab militants set up an ambush in the area and promptly opened fire when they saw a bus approaching their way. The bus which was headed to Nairobi and was carrying passengers on their way to visit their families to celebrate Christmas, attempted to drive away, however it ended up stuck in the mud. According to eyewitnesses the militants then began to separate Muslims and non-Muslims, killing the non-Muslims on the spot.
The statement which was signed by the groups official spokesman, Sheikh Ali Dheere, further vowed that Kenya “will have no safety until you cease your hostilities against Muslims”, telling the Kenyan government and the public “the choice is in your hands”.
On the other hand the group also sent a message of support to Muslims based in Mombasa, informing them that “we are not heedless of your sufferings at the hands of the crusaders, we are committed to avenge you, an eye for an eye, we vow that your blood will not go in vain, and by Allah’s permission you won’t stand alone in the defense of your religion, sanctities and lives”.
The attack comes a few days after the Kenyan authorities began a mass crackdown on certain mosques in Mombasa and arrested hundreds of worshippers, after they accused them of hatching a terror plot inside the mosque.