I wish I could go a week without seeing reports of Islamic violence, but it doesn’t seem to be the case. What’s worse, this happened 8-9 months ago in the real world and there have been so many horrors out there, it’s taken me this long to get to it! It really is horrible how many different Islamic religious terrorist groups there are out there that love to murder anyone that gets in their way. We know all about ISIS and Boko Haram, but here’s one you probably haven’t heard of before, Al-Shabaab, a militant group based out of Somalia. But where they haven’t made a lot of noise yet, they got into the spirit with a bang.
Way the hell back in April, Al-Shabaab attacked the Garissa University College in Kenya in an hours-long raid that left 147 people dead and 79 injured. This is the highest death toll in any terrorist attack in Kenya since the U.S. Embassy bombing in 1998. Muslim gunmen invaded the university during morning prayers and started shooting students. They were demanding to know which students were non-Muslims and executing them. They separated the hostages by religion, keeping other Muslims safe and segregating those who did not believe, many of whom were ultimately murdered.
This isn’t the first time Al-Shabaab did the same thing, just a few months before they attacked a quarry where they again separated the Muslims from the non-Muslims and murdered the unbelievers. This is the same group responsible for the massacre at the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi in September 2013, which left 67 dead.
Al-Shabaab’s aims are simple. They want to turn Somalia into a fundamentalist Islamic state and because the border with Kenya is so porous, they have no problem crossing over and dispensing a little Islamic justice there too. It’s not a huge group, estimated to be comprised of between 700-1000 fighters, but they don’t seem to be afraid to take on large projects and pulling the trigger on unbelievers is something they’re only too happy to do. In that, they’re just a smaller version of ISIS and Boko Haram, but with the same ultimate goals: imposing Islam on the world through force and bloodshed. Religion of peace my ass.
I wouldn’t be too surprised to hear more about this group on Horror Show Sunday in the future. After all, when it comes to religion, there seems to be no religion today more set on bloodshed and terror than Islam.