January 12, 2012
Shabaab Takes Kenyan Hostages
Somalia's al Qaeda linked terror group claims to have taken hostages. But that may not be the worst part. The worst part may be that they crossed an international border to do it.
Shabaab is not a local problem involved in a purely local civil war:
An al-Qaida affiliated Somali militant group said Thursday that it took several hostages in a raid in northern Kenya that killed at least six people.
Three policemen, a civil servant and a primary school teacher were among the six killed in the attack late Wednesday, said North Eastern Province Police Commissioner James ole Seriani. A pregnant woman was also killed, said relative Adan Gedi.Seriani said at least four government officials are missing, including a district officer.
The press release from the Somali militant group al-Shabab did not specify how many hostages had been taken from the northern town of Gerille, near the Somali border, but said their identities would soon be released."