'Soft power' rather than military approach to curb Al-Shabaab - terror expert

The Kenyan government has confirmed that at least 21 people were killed at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday in Nairobi.

This happened when Somali militants stormed a luxury hotel compound and started shooting and throwing bombs.

Al Shabaab has since claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

Africa Director for the Terrorism, Research and Analysis Consortium, Jasmine Opperman provides insight into the terror threat posed by Al Shabaab.

She says Al Shabaab has released a statement that the attack was in direct response to the US policy in Israel and that the attack was a message that it opposes this policy.

Read: Kenyan journo describes ongoing Nairobi hotel attack leaving 15 dead

This was followed by a seven-page propaganda statement seeking justification for their ludicrous act.

Jasmine Opperman, Africa Director for the Terrorism, Research and Analysis Consortium

Opperman says there was a conference attended by 118 US people right at the complex. But when these terrorists gained entrance they were not sure of the exact venue of the conference so they just went on a shooting spree.

Asked on how to combat this acts, Opperman says a military approach is not going to solve the problem.

You have to go back to the roots, you have to go back to where this extremist propaganda comes from. We need the government to understand the soft power approach in support of a hard power approach.

Jasmine Opperman, Africa Director for the Terrorism, Research and Analysis Consortium

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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