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After a popular hardline Islamist cleric was shot and killed along with three companions in Mombasa last night, rioting Muslims clashed with police, burned a church, and blocked a main road into the city. Militant Islamist Sheikh Abubakar Shariff a.k.a. Makaburi, who is already facing terrorism charges, appeared quickly at the scene and denounced the killing as a government assassination, and claimed Muslims are now justified to disobey Kenyan laws. Two weeks after the Westgate Mall massacre, only three bodies have been recovered from the rubble, despite claims of more missing. Intelligence officials think at least two of the terrorists escaped during the siege.




Islamic fighters connect in Africa




Abu Sandheere, a Kenyan al Qaeda operative, is suspected to have planned the Westgate Mall assault, and is thought to have escaped into Somalia. A 20-member Shabaab assassination squad led by Salaad Hassan and Khadar Abdi Abubakar is thought to be at large in Kenya. The number of people missing from the siege has dropped from 61 to 39. The bodies of five terrorists are thought to be under the rubble of the collapsed mall, and no terrorists' bodies have been recovered. The interior minister admitted that some of the terrorists may have escaped. Investigators are looking for cars the terrorists reportedly used.




First images emerge from inside Nairobi's Westgate mall




Zawahiri's man in Shabaab's 'secret service'




On the shifting frontlines of the fight against al-Shabaab




Ahmed Abdi Godane: the new 'Mad Mullah' bent on jihad




Did Karangi, ministers ignore terror warning?




The government said it is "at war" with Shabaab, and tried to address reports that it had received intelligence warnings before the Westgate Mall massacre that Shabaab was likely to attack in Nairobi. Kenya called for the US to withdraw a travel advisory issued yesterday which warned that "the US government continues to receive information about potential terrorist threats aimed at US, Western and Kenyan interests in Kenya, including in the Nairobi area and in the coastal city of Mombasa."




Poaching funds Somalia's al Shabaab, activists say




Nairobi mall attack: British hero died trying to save children




Authorities are holding eight suspects in the Nairobi mall attack, and have released three others. Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for "White Widow" Samantha Lewthwaite, who is wanted by Kenya on terrorism charges from 2011. A witness to the attack said the terrorist assault team was directed by a female attacker. Prior to the assault, the attackers are said to have rented a shop from a Turkish man in the mall; the shop was reportedly used to store weapons.




Kenya - Off-duty British soldier saved 100




Shabaab plot to attack London planned to be 'similar to ... Mumbai'

A document found after Somali troops killed Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, al Qaeda's former leader in East Africa and a senior Shabaab commander, details a plot to conduct multiple Mumbai-like attacks that target civilians in London.


UN warned of Shabaab ally's 'new and more complex operations' in Kenya

A report published by a UN Monitoring Group in July warned that Al Hijra, Shabaab's affiliate in Kenya, was planning more complicated attacks utilizing fighters who had returned from Somalia. The report also revealed that the US has been funding the "Al-Shabaab/East Africa Al-Qaida Disruption Initiative," which has targeted Al Hijra's leaders.


Shabaab emir praises group's assault on Kenya mall

Sheikh Mukhtar Abu Zubayr threatened further attacks in Kenya if its military is not withdrawn from southern Somalia. He also noted that the assault on the Westgate Mall was "just 10 days after the anniversary date of the blessed 911 operations."


Shabaab's emir threatened more attacks if Kenya does not withdraw its troops from Somalia. The death toll in the attack, already at 62, may rise by as many as 60 more as security forces and forensic experts continue to sweep the building. A British man of Somali origins was arrested at Nairobi airport on suspicion of links to the attack. US officials say Shabaab may have recruited Americans for the attack; officials also say some attackers may have escaped later dressed as civilians. British terrorist Jermaine Grant appeared in court on charges of possessing explosives in a flat he had shared in Mombasa with "White Widow" Samantha Lewthwaite. The US has agreed to Kenya's request to help investigate the Nairobi mall attack.




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Kenya mall attack: The training of a terrorist




Before Kenya Attack, Rehearsals and Planting of Machine Guns