Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
Members of the Red Cross help a woman overcome with grief in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, April 5, 2015, after learning that a relative was killed by Somalia’s al-Shabab militants during the siege at Garissa University College.

Kenya is retaliating against al-Shabab—the militant Islamic group that assumed responsibility for the campus shooting in Garissa last week that left 147 dead—and has bombed two al-Shabab camps in neighboring Somalia, the BBC reports.

According to Kenyan military spokesman David Obonyo, Kenya launched the airstrikes Sunday night. Obonyo explained that the al-Shabab camps were located in remote regions of Somalia.


The strikes are consistent with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s vow that his nation would respond to the school shooting “in the severest way possible,” BBC reports.

Gunmen entered the Garissa University College campus just before dawn Thursday and began separating students by religion and shooting non-Muslim students, reports said.


Obonyo said that Kenya had already experienced some success militarily, since both targeted camps in Somalia were destroyed. “The bombings are part of the continued process and engagement against al-Shabab, which will go on,” he said.

According to the BBC, the campus attack last week was the deadliest committed by al-Shabab in Kenya. Al-Shabab—a group that reportedly has affiliations with al-Qaida—wants Kenya to remove its soldiers from Somalia.

Read more at the BBC.

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