US warns of possible al-Shabaab Attack in Kenyan airspace
The US government has warned of potential attacks that may be effected in the Kenyan airspace by the al-Shabaab militant group. Through the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), the US government has warned the attacks may be specifically targeted at airlines that operate in the Kenyan airspace. “Al-Shabaab… is the predominate extremist/militant threat concern in Kenya and has demonstrated its capability and intent to conduct attacks against Kenyan government security forces, civilians, and Western interests in Kenya, including joint civil-military airfields, primarily near Kenya’s eastern border with Somalia and in the coastal region of Kenya adjacent to Somalia,” read the statement. The FAA added that the militant group has expressed the intent to conduct additional attacks, including against aviation-related targets, in retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia as part of the African Union mission. According to the FAA advisory, the Al-Shabaab group still poses a major security threat in East Africa and part of the great lakes region given their possession of a variety of over par weapons. “Al-Shabaab maintains freedom of movement in the Kenya-Somalia border region and has expressed intent to conduct additional attacks against Kenyan targets “In retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia as part of the African Union mission to counter al-Shabaab, and could conduct additional attacks, including against aviation-related targets, with little-to-no warning,” added FAA.