Two members of Harakat-al-shabab al-Mujahideen more commonly known as “Al- Shabab” have been killed by an American air strike. According to the American Defence department, the strike killed two senior members of the terrorist organization. That counterterrorism strike was launched against a target in Mogadishu, Somalia.
The Al-Shabaab movement meaning “The Youngsters” is the Somalia-based cell of the militant Islamist group al-Quaeda, formally recognized in 2012. That strike is not the first, it happened three weeks after a Navy Seal raid in another part of the country failed to capture a senior leader of the Somali Islamic militant group. Apparently, the missile was fired by a drone and struck the car where an Al-Shabaab member known as Abu Mohamed was killed. “He’s been identified as someone we’ve been tracking for a long time,” said an official. Indeed, Abu Mohamed is said to be the militant group’s top explosive expert.
This American strike is clearly a response to the terrorist attack that took place on Sept. 21 in a mall in Nairobi that lasted over four days and where 67 people were killed. It is also an evidence that the Obama’s administration has a radical position on the al Shabab actions because of its bloody aftermath. However, according to local sources, Al-Shabab has promised more attacks on Kenyan soil unless the Nairobi government withdraws its troops from Somalia.
Eduardo Nolla, IEJ 3F