Nairobi attacked again after nearly four years of calm
SEE ALSO :UN linked to terror paymentsThe Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) entered Somalia on October 14, 2011 after incessant threats in the country, a decision that has made the country a target for retaliatory attacks by the terrorist group. Al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack in Nairobi. The attack is likely to slow down the recovery of the tourism industry, which has enjoyed steady growth in the past three years.
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2An analysis of terror data compiled by The Standard from both official Government records and public sources shows that Al Shabaab seem to have focused its attention on nine counties due to either their proximity to the Somali border or prominence in the country. Except for Nairobi, the counties either share a border with Somalia or the Indian Ocean. Schools, churches, Christian crusades, police stations, refugee camps, bus stations, vehicles, hotels, nightclubs and a shopping mall are some of the areas targeted by Al Shabaab.
SEE ALSO :Two Cuban doctors abducted in ManderaA study released by South Africa's Institute of Security Studies suggests that Kenya's response to terrorism may have aggravated the crisis and that many Muslim youths have joined extremist groups in reaction to the Government's collective punishment and assassination of religious leaders.