Kenya has begun three days of national mourning following the end of the four-day siege by Islamist militants on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said 72 people had died, including six security personnel and five militants.
Eleven people have been arrested in connection with the attack.
Al-Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, said 137 hostages had died, but the statement cannot be verified. [BBC News]
Now how do you suppose Al-Shabab justified murdering children in front of their parents, shooting and lobbing grenades at shoppers in a Mall which they term the “Badar of Nairobi”? A highlight from their press statement which you can read in full here.
The Mujahideen fighters refused to accept the invasion of their Muslim lands and the massacre of innocent Muslims and live with such humiliation. They could not accept the persistent theft of their land’s resources which the Kenyan leaders and Western companies have conspired to plunder.
The Mujahideen fought against the oppression of their brothers in prisons of the Crusaders and their apostate allies, delivering a message that said: “as long as our brothers are being oppressed in prisons, peace will never come to the oppressors who are holding them.”
So, we say to them, congratulations and we give them glad tiding of the prophet’s words, may peace and blessings be upon him, when he was asked:
“Which of the martyrs is best? He said: “Those who, when they take up their position in the ranks for battle, do not turn their faces away until they are killed. They will be in the highest dwellings in Paradise, and their Lord smiles upon them, and when your Lord smiles upon a slave in this world, he will not be brought to account.”
In another narration, when the Prophet, peace be upon him, was asked:
“What type of jihad is best? He said: “The one whose horse is killed and whose blood is shed.”
So what makes young people, even foreign citizens far away, become part of jihad which sees shooting people up in a Mall as divinely sanctioned? Ghaffar Hussain briefly explains in a recent interview on Sky News:
We cannot afford to ignore the radicalisation that happens with Islamist jihadism, just as we cannot ignore how conflict turns on civilians. Terrorism is what Westgate is – violence and intimidation in pursuit of a political objective.
The call to arms is jihad.
The theocratic is political.
With thanks to Ghaffar Hussain for links
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog