The terrorist’ organization al-Shabaab, responsible for the Westgate Mall massacre which resulted in the death of upwards of 60 civilians and the injuring of nearly 200, claimed on a new Twitter feed that they would continue to attack Kenya in response to the 2011 invasion of Somalia.
“The mesmeric performance by the #Westgate Warriors was undoubtedly gripping, but despair not folks, that was just the premiere of Act 1″.
Authorities in Kenya claim that they are already facing retaliation by al-Shabaab, stating that the terrorists attacked a group of police patrolling in Wajar on Wednesday the 25 at night; a mere day after all fighting at the mall ceased. In the ensuing gun fight, one citizen was also reportedly killed.
The terrorists struck again the following day when they raided a police camp, in which they killed two police officers and set fire to multiple vehicles.
Due to these incidents taking place near the Somalia boarder, Rono Bunei, commander of the Mandera Police stated that an investigation was underway, “but obviously it leads to suggest that either the Al Shabab or their sympathizers are responsible.”
Of the 15 gunman responsible for the attack, five were reportedly killed during the fighting. The rest were allegedly captured and are currently being detained by local authorities.
“Police are holding eight suspects as they seek to unmask the face behind the terror attack. Three others were interrogated and released,” said Joseph Ole Lenku, Interior Minister of Kenya in a press briefing. He also expressed the possibility that some of the terrorists could have gotten away.
Samantha Lewthwaite known internationally as “The White Widow” is also being sought out in possible connection to the Westgate Mall attack.
Lewthwaite, who was allegedly responsible for the 2005 terrorist attacks in London, is according to Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble “wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony in December 2011″.
Even though the charges facing Lewthwaite are not exactly related to the Westgate Mall incident, it is worth noting that warrant was issued after rumors circulated that a white woman was among the shooters at Westgate.
Despite the conflict still raging in the country, President Uhuru Kenyatt, in an address to the nation expressed optimism for the future of Kenya.
“Our attackers wished to destroy the essential character of our society,” he said. “They failed. Kenya endured. Kenya endures.”
In the same address, Kenyatt also praised Kenyans for the massive ammounts of support the government recieved in aiding the victims.
“The incident which we now put behind was certainly not welcome,” he said. “Yet it has strengthened us and renewed our resolve to live as one strong, open, stable, democratic and prosperous republic where peoples of all races cultures and faiths pursue happiness together.”
Though Kenya may have defeated the Westgate Mall terrorists, it seems as though the cost may have been to high.
According to a press leak the Kenyan military admitted to collapsing nearly three floors of the mall; an act which may have killed dozens of innocent civilians.
When asked, the official if retaliation against the terrorists was responsible for the collapsing of the mall, he responded, “yes”.