Time in spotlight priceless for Nairobi attackers
PARIS (AFP) - For Somalia's Shebab, the authors of a deadly attack on a posh Nairobi shopping mall, every hour spent at the top of the world's news agenda is priceless publicity, experts say.
The Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents have claimed the attack, which began midday on Saturday, sending gunmen into the complex with grenades and automatic weapons and rocking the world with terrifying and protracted scenes reminiscent of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai.
The Shebab group said it wanted to avenge Kenya's military intervention in Somalia where African Union troops are fighting the Islamists.
"An attack like this one keeps them in the news. It's about extracting maximum publicity. Al-Shebab is on its back foot in Somalia, it is not as strong as it used to be," said Mr Alex Vines, the head of the Africa programme in the London-based think-tank Chatham House.