In recent weeks, we have seen several incidents of terrorism with carnage being targeted at non-Muslims.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta hit the target when he commented:
“This is a fight against international terrorism.”
The Kenyan leader was commenting on the cowardly attack on a busy up-scale mall in Nairobi, the capital, in which more than 70 people including young women and children were killed, more than 200 injured and almost a thousand rescued.
Among the dead are five terrorists. Ten others have been arrested.
However, more bodies are expected when security officials and investigators go through the rubble of the mall.
The precise reason for the collapse of the large section of the mall collapsing is not immediately known.
The Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility of the Kenya attack on the shopping mall.
The terrorist group the attack was in response to Kenyan military operation in Somalia.
This attack came as a complete surprise to Kenyan authorities, which has in the past, aborted many such attacks.
This attack was well planned and well executed.
Global terrorism has no fixed boundaries.
In Kenya, Kenyatta declared three days of mourning.
Om At almost the same time, in another part of the troubled world, a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers at a historic church in northwestern Pakistan.
This tragedy claimed almost 80 innocent lives.
A wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, raising questions about the government’s push to strike a deal with known militants to end a decade long insurgency that has killed thousands of people in the region.
World leaders have rightfully condemned both acts of terrorism.
These attacks come at a time when some leaders were thinking they were close to defeating terrorists.
Now has come for the international community to put an end to all acts of terrorism.
The British Prime Minister David Cameron called the attack in Kenya “an absolutely sickening and despicable attack of appalling brutality.”
Several Americans, British, Canadians, French, Germans, Chinese and people of other nationalities died in the attack in Kenya by between 10 and 15 terrorists.
“These appalling terrorist attacks that take place where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of religion – they don’t,” the British Prime Minister Cameron said.
A vast majority of Muslims agree with this.
There is no religion that advocates violence and killings.
Apart from Kenya and Pakistan, we have seen such attacks in Egypt and other places around the world.
Coptic Christians in Egypt have been targeted recently by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Canadian authorities have confirmed they are investigating an unverified report that a 24-year-old Ontario man was one of the al-Shabab gunmen who stormed the shopping mall.
At least 20 Canadians are suspected of having joined al-Shabab.
This is shocking.