Odds on this being an al Shabaab terrorist attack? I’d say they’re pretty good.
Two were injured after an explosion blew a hole in the side of a commercial plane taking off from Mogadishu.
There was no immediate explanation of the explosion from the airline or Somali government officials.
“Daalo airline was enroute to Djibouti but it landed shortly after it took off. A fire exploded and two passengers were slightly wounded,” Mohamed Hussein, an agent for Daallo Airlines, the operator of the flight, told Reuters.
Aviation website http://www.airlive.net said the explosion occurred on flight D3159, an Airbus A321, adding witnesses heard a loud bang.
Couple of things that are interesting about this.
First, from the photos I’m seeing, the explosion took place at a window seat, so I’m thinking a passenger. And unless the passenger spontaneously combusted, he was either wearing or carrying an explosive device.
Second, al Shabaab has been a bit more violent as of late, according to press. There was a beach attack last month in which 17 people were killed. A few days before the beach attack, these turds carried out an assault on a Kenyan military base. Just a few days ago, they raided a village in Kenya, killing three people.
And finally, witnesses report seeing a badly burned body fall from the sky. These reports are unconfirmed, but when examined in the context of what we do know already, I’d be willing to bet this was another terrorist attack.
I will give major kudos to the pilot for landing the plane safely, even thought that aircraft was sporting a large, scary hole in its fuselage!
I’m also amazed at how calm everyone appears as they sport their oxygen masks, while the plane makes its emergency descent!
I admit it. I’d be crying like a little girl and probably soiling myself just a little as the plane made its landing!
That airline had better had a fresh supply of extra panties to hand out to its passengers!
All joking aside, al Shabaab terrorists are quite prolific at killing. There’s a reason they’ve been designated under Executive Order 13224 as a specially designated global terrorist entity, and that reason is… they’re TERRORISTS! They carried out more than 1700 terrorist attacks in 2007 alone, and their kill count is well over 100 in 2016 already. Not a good way to start the year.
But again, you ask, why do we, the United States, care? They’re mainly staging attacks in Africa, so is it a matter of US national security?
I’d say that it could be. As African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) military forces consistently take on al Shabaab and reduce their ability to operate in Somalia, it appears that al Shabaab’s ambitions have expanded somewhat. The Center for Strategic and International Studies assesses that the group has become more expansionist in its ideology and have committed to establishing an Islamic caliphate in Africa. And it appears they’ll do anything and target anyone to achieve that goal. Will there be a next time? A next plane? With Americans on it? Additionally, they’ve spread their poison into Kenya, and have been wreaking havoc there as well.
So yeah, we should care. We should care that they have decided to diversify and spread their slime. We should care that their goal is to establish a caliphate with their crazy. And if you think they’re going to stop at Africa, I’ve got this bridge… They’ve already called for attacks in the United States. How long before the next US-located crazy takes them up on the challenge?