19 August 2014

Somalia: Alshabaab Victims in Kenya Since October 2011 Announced

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Police respond to the shooting at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which reportedly left dozens dead and injured (file photo).

The Standard newspaper wrote the number of people Alshabaab killed in Kenya since when the Kenyan forces went to Somalia in October 2011.

At least 370 people have been killed and over 1,075 others injured in terrorist attacks since October 2011 when Kenya took the war against terror to the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab terror group in Somalia, according to an analysis of reports by The Standard. This translates to the terrorists killing one person every three days on average or that one terrorist attack has been occurring somewhere in Kenya after every 11 days since October 2011 since the start of Operation Linda Nchi.

This gives a glimpse into the human cost of the war against terror. The Standard sought official police statistics to dispute or corroborate independent findings, but a letter sent to the Inspector General of Police requesting for the numbers remained unanswered by the time of going to Press. The latest attack on August 4, which was largely under-reported where about eight armed men hurled grenades at the Mandera County Government offices, marked the 100th successful attack in the country since October 2011. The Mandera attack happened weeks into the first anniversary of the Westgate attack in which 68 people were killed in one of the deadliest attacks under the Uhuru administration and over 175 others injured.

Financially, the war has also costed Kenya significantly. Figures in the public domain show that Kenya has spent over Sh26 billion for the war and this will rise after the cost of equipment is fully factored in.

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