Editorial: All must oppose extremist terrorism
After a four-day siege at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, the al-Shabab terrorists there have either been killed or subdued by Kenyan security forces.
According to Kenyan authorities Tuesday, five terrorists were killed and 11 others were arrested with possible connections to the attack. At least 67 people were killed and more than 175 wounded.
“The operation is now over,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday.
This terror operation in a distant Kenyan mall has unnerved Somali Americans across the country: from the Minnesota communities of Willmar, Rochester and Minneapolis to Columbus, Ohio, and other cities with Somali-American communities.
Any time an al-Shabab terror incident in the world occurs, it can create fear, anxiety and sadness within the Somali communities. These Somali communities also have to worry about an anti-Somali backlash as a result of al-Shabab terror attacks.
There is no confirmation yet that any Somali Americans were involved in the Nairobi terror attack. However, Somali jihadists have in the past recruited in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Many Americans, including the Somali-American communities, have condemned the Nairobi terror attack. In Minneapolis, the Somali community is planning a Friday rally to denounce al-Shabab.
It is important that we all continue to stand together against the mayhem of extremist terrorism wherever its evil head arises.