British Somalis fear backlash after Kenya attack
LONDON (AFP) - The bloody events at Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall unfolded thousands of miles away - but in Britain, Europe's biggest Somali community fears there could be repercussions much closer to home.
Britain's 100,000 Somalis reacted with horror when Somalia's Shebab Islamists claimed responsibility for the carnage - and dismay that, once again, their homeland is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
In the run-down northwest London suburb of Harlesden, a hub for the city's large Somali community, men spoke with bitter contempt for the Al-Qaeda-linked militants as they milled around the shabby Somali-owned cafes, grocers and Internet cafes on Wednesday.
"We hate the Shabaab," said Ali Ali as he leaned against a battered car.