AL-SHABAB BEHEADS 9 CIVILIANS IN ATTACK ON KENYA VILLAGE

BEHEADINGS BY AL-SHABAB HAVE BEEN RARE IN KENYA, WHERE THE EXTREMIST GROUP HAS CARRIED OUT DOZENS OF DEADLY ATTACKS OVER THE YEARS.

THE EAST AFRICAN COUNTRY HAS SEEN AN INCREASE IN ATTACKS CLAIMED BY AL-SHABAB IN RECENT WEEKS, POSING A SECURITY THREAT AHEAD OF NEXT MONTH'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has not issued any statement on the recent surge in al-Shabab attacks.
The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops in 2011 to Somalia to fight the group, which last year became the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.
The increase in attacks presents a huge problem for Kenya's security agencies ahead of the Aug. 8 presidential election, said security analyst and former U.S. Marine Andrew Franklin.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Al-Shabab extremists from neighboring Somalia beheaded nine civilians in an early-morning attack on a village in the southeast, Kenyan officials said Saturday, as concerns grew that the group had taken up...

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