It seems pretty clear that the culprits were Al Shabaab, Somalia’s Al Qaeda offshoot.
This was, however, just the latest in a series of terror attacks (as well as kidnappings of foreign tourists) in Kenya, leading the US, UK, France, Australia and Canada all to upgrade their terror threat warnings for the country.
The news from Kenya followed the dissemination of shocking images from Iraq of masked Isis terrorists rounding up men, forcing them into the backs of lorries and then shooting them at point blank range into a ditch.
Add to that the Taliban, which last weekend sliced the fingers off 11 people for the crime of having voted in Afghanistan’s presidential election, and it has been a pretty awful few days.
It is difficult for civilised minds to comprehend the scale of Isis’s depravity.
This is an outfit so extreme that its members were expelled from Al Qaeda because of the scale of their violence.
Since capturing Mosul in Iraq last week, Isis’s assets have been estimated at $2.375billion, making it by far the wealthiest terrorist group on the planet – and all within three years of its creation.
It really should give us nightmares. Isis is not a ragtail bunch of fanatics but a fabulously wealthy, rigidly controlled and extremely capable organisation bent on wiping out not just Western civilisation but even the Muslims who do not bend the knee to it.
Islamist terror may be at its most endemic in the Middle East and Africa, the rest of the world is far from immune
The Somali outfit is estimated to have up to 10,000 fighters and is linked to a string of attacks in Kenya – such as the 2013 cold-blooded murder of 68 people in the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi.
Al Shabaab controls much of rural Somalia and has imposed its own interpretation of Sharia law, such as stoning to death women accused of adultery.
Terrorism experts believe that as Al Qaeda is beaten back in Afghanistan and Pakistan, its Somali offshoot Al Shabaab is increasingly a threat beyond Somalia – not least because of its links with other African Islamist groups such as Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, based in the Sahara.
Boko Haram is now infamous for its kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls but it has a history of brutality dating back to 2002.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) began in 2005, swearing allegiance to Osama Bin Laden and operating mainly in Algeria and Mali.
These are the most well known names in Africa but there are any number of offshoots and breakaways.
Their divisions over which brand and style of extremism they want to impose may prevent explicit cooperation but to the victims they are much the same: fanatical Islamists who use extreme violence as their main tool for the subjugation of everything and everyone who stands in the way of their total control.
While individual groups’ potency may wax and wane, overall the rise of Islamist terrorism is accelerating.
And as one group falls away, it is almost always a more extreme version that then emerges, as with Al Qaeda and Isis.
Such is their growth that it may even lead to the US and Iran working together in Iraq to fight Isis, on the principle that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”.
The irony of this would be profound because Iran is one of the greatest sponsors of terror on the planet.
Indeed, the shocking kidnap at the weekend of three Israeli teenagers was almost certainly carried out by Hamas – itself now funded by Iran.
But although Islamist terror may be at its most endemic in the Middle East and Africa, the rest of the world is far from immune.
Just a year after 9/11, a group known as Jemaah Islamiyah murdered 202 people in Bali, severely injuring another 240.
And we, of course, have had our own Islamist murders – the London bombings in July 2005 and more recently the killing of Lee Rigby.
The depravity of these people knows no limits.
Which means we can be certain of one thing: shocking as their behaviour has been so far, we must prepare for even worse.
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