Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group claims responsibility for deadly Kenya shopping mall attack



The Al Qaeda-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab is claiming responsibility for a deadly attack targeting non-Muslims at an upscale mall in Kenya’s capital.

A statement from al-Shabab on its official Twitter feed Saturday says the attacks, which killed at least 23, are retribution for military action by Kenya inside Somalia. The group said it was now shifting the battlefield to Kenya.

Witnesses say the gunmen asked victims they had cornered if they were Muslim: If the answer was yes, several witnesses said, those people were free to go. The non-Muslims were not.

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