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Kenya Quarry Attack by Somalia's al-Shabaab Kills 36

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Dec 2014 11:37 AM

A quarry attack in Kenya on Tuesday staged by the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab left 36 workers dead, raising security concerns in the country even higher and sending non-Muslims packing.

The terror group has also been accused of killing 28 Kenyans on Nov. 22 after stopping a bus heading for Nairobi. They demanded that passengers recite the Muslim statement of faith and murdered those who could not, according to The Guardian.

The quarry attack victims were mostly Christians.

Witnesses told authorities that attackers woke up workers just after midnight and separated those who could not prove they were Muslim, forced them to lay in the ground at the quarry and riddled them with bullets, reported The Guardian.

The terror group claimed responsibility for the attack, charging that it was in retaliation for Kenya airstrikes in Somalia, according to BBC News.


BBC News reported that Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed condemned the killings and said his government and Kenya's share "a common commitment" to fight terrorism.

"Kenyans should stand united to defeat al-Shabaab because they are also the number one enemies of Islam," said Abdullahi Sirat, vice-chairman of the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims, charging that the terror group does not represent true believers in the faith. "They are without religion and the Kenyan government should deal with them anywhere they may be hiding."

On Tuesday, Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta accepted the resignation of police chief David Kimaiyo after the latest al-Shabaab attack, reported ITV. Kenyans have railed against Kimaiyo since last year for failing to aggressively go after the group after the attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall that killed 67 people.

BBC News reported that the area of the quarry attacks, Mandera County, will likely be negatively affected by the attacks since many of the skilled and unskilled workers in the region are non-Muslims from other areas.

"Many of them – including nurses and teachers – fled Mandera after last week's bus attack, and this trend is now likely to continue," wrote Abdullahi Abdi, of BBC News Africa.

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A quarry attack in Kenya on Tuesday staged by the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabaab left 36 workers dead, raising security concerns in the country even higher and sending non-Muslims packing.
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