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Monday, September 23, 2013

Why Somali militants attacked Kenya mall

A young boy is among hard-line Islamist Al Shabab fighters as they conduct a 2010 military exercise in northern Mogadishu's Suqaholaha neighborhood, in Somalia. Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the gun and grenade attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, apparently in retaliation for Kenya's military participation in peace-keeping efforts in Somalia.