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Kenya mall attacks: Somalia’s anarchy spreads

Makinda, S.M. (2013) Kenya mall attacks: Somalia’s anarchy spreads. The Conversation, 24 September .

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The Somali-based Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab’s weekend attack on the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi - which has left at least 60 people dead - poses a significant security threat not just to Kenya and its neighbours, but to the whole world.

Only a few weeks ago, Al-Shabaab, which emerged out of the Union of Islamic Courts in 2007, was considered a spent force.

In the past few years, the group has been defeated and driven out of several strategic locations, including the Somali capital of Mogadishu and the seaport of Kismayo. This has enabled the legitimate - albeit weak - Somali government, which was established in September 2012, to take control of some parts of the country.

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Management and Governance
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group
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