Islamist terrorists continue to hold hostages at the upscale Nairobi mall that was the scene of carnage Saturday.
No one knows how many people are being held by the terrorists, but one estimate of the missing is 63. Information is sketchy, but a few more of the attackers may have been killed.
These things are becoming more clear: the attack was spearheaded by a Somalian terrorist group but the perpetrators are at least somewhat international. Israel seems to be involved in advising the government on how to deal with the standoff. The president of Kenya is holding firm about his country’s refusal to back down in Somalia (by the way, the current president is Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founder Jomo Kenyatta, whose presidency was also marked by conflict with Somalia).
Kenya is a predominantly Christian nation. Compared to other African countries it’s been doing relatively well: relatively stable and relatively uncorrupt.
By the way, in the Reuters article I linked to in the first paragraph of this post, the authors and editors stepped up to the plate and called the terrorists “Islamists” in the lede. Although the word “terrorists” is never used in the article except in a direct quote (instead we have “gunmen,” “militants,” “attackers.” and “assailants”), at least that’s a step in the right direction towards truth in nomenclature.