Terrorists with the al-Qaida-linked Al Shabaab killed at least 29 people during a rampage in the coastal region of Kenya, according to Hank Sullivan, a former police training officer specializing in terrorism and counterinsurgencies, during a telephone conversation on Sunday night.
According to reports emanating from the region, these latest attacks were part of a series of assaults allegedly perpetrated by the Somalia-based Islamist group. The group has intensified its attacks in order to drive out of Somalia members of Kenya's military who are part of the African Union coalition assisting the still weak Somali central government.
The first attack on Saturday night killed nine people in the Kenyan town of Hindi, the location where Al-Shabaab fighters murdered 65 people in cold-blood in June, according to Kenya’s police officials on Sunday. The second attack occurred in southern Kenya where the jihadists murdered 20 people.
Somalia's Sheik Abdiasis abu Musab, who acts as the spokesman for Al-Shabaab, confirmed to the news media on Sunday from his headquarters in Somalia's capital city of Mogadishu that the terrorist group perpetrated both attacks on Kenya over the weekend. He also confirmed the bloodthirsty group was responsible for the June attacks, as well.
Officials in Kenya fear that Saturday's attacks will hurt the nation's tourism industry already suffering because of violent terrorist attacks. It's also expected to increase the frustrations with poor security and public safety throughout Kenya.
But President Uhuru Kenyatta, like his colleague President Barack Obama, has responded by blaming the attacks opposition party politicians, stoking an already fierce row with that opposition.
Christian church leaders have urged Kenyans to end the religious animosity between Christians and Muslims in a nation filled with ethnic violence.
Following Kenya's 2007 election cycle, upwards of 1,200 people were killed for which President Kenyatta faces charges for crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.