Al-Shabab Releases Video of Kenyan Soldier’s Execution

The al-Shabab extremist group has released a video showing the execution of a captive Kenyan soldier in what is called an attempt to influence Kenya’s presidential election on Tuesday.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organizations, says al-Shabab released the video showing the killing of Leonard Maingi Kiiyo on Saturday.

The extremist group is based in neighboring Somalia and has carried out dozens of attacks inside Kenya, including in recent weeks. Al-Shabab has called it retribution for Kenya sending troops to Somalia to fight the group.

Kiiyo was seized by al-Shabab in Somalia in January 2016. In the video he blames Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government for his death.

Source: Associated Press