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Kenya faces challenges in responding to Nairobi attack

Friday, January 18, 2019

Significance

The attack killed at least 21 people and injured 30, while security forces successfully evacuated roughly 700 others.

Impacts

  • The attack will tarnish Kenya’s image as a safe environment for tourists and expatriates.
  • The attack will probably not prompt a major shift among politicians or public opinion over Kenyan military involvement in Somalia.
  • Al-Shabaab may calculate that possible reprisals against Muslims would provide a recruitment boost.
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