Kenyan Muslims demonstrate against Thursday's attack by al-Shabab gunmen on a college campus in Garissa, Kenya. The sign proclaims solidarity with non-Muslims who were targeted. (Ben Curtis/AP)

The following English-language statement, released by the SITE intelligence group, was posted Saturday on al-Shabab-affiliated Web sites and jihadist Twitter accounts.

[In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful]

GARISSA ATTACK: Burying Kenya’s Hopes

15 Jumad ath-Thani 1436 (04/04/2015) — It is a well known fact that the Kenyan government has perpetrated unspeakable atrocities against the Muslims of East Africa. From the historical massacres in Wagalla and Garissa in which nearly ten thousand Muslims were summarily executed to the mass detention, torture and extra-judicial killings of Muslims, the systematic persecution of the Muslims in Kenya was carried out with such savagery that it has left deep psychological scars in the hearts of many Muslims.

In Somalia, the Kenyan military has committed a countless number of atrocities against the Muslim population. With their government’s approval, the Kenyan military embarked on a series of mass killings, torture and systematic rape of the Muslim women in Somalia. Tens of thousands of Muslims were displaced from their homes, hundreds more were killed and thousands injured as a direct result of the Kenyan invasion. Kenyan jets shelled refugee camps and hospitals killing dozens. They strafed entire villages from the air, killed livestock and bombarded Madrassas and educational institutions, crushing, with such malice, the dreams and hopes of an entire generation.

Throughout East Africa, the Muslims were stripped of all their dignity and subjected to the most inhuman treatment for failing to succumb to the subjugation of the disbelievers. Following such widespread persecution against Islam and the Muslims, it became incumbent upon Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen to retaliate on behalf of their Muslim brothers and, in a series of attacks, avenge the deaths of thousands of Muslims killed at the hands of the Kenyan security forces.

The latest attack occurred at Garissa University College on Thursday. At around 3am the Mujahideen stormed the university compound and swiftly proceeded to the halls of residence where they had gathered all the occupants. And since the attack targeted only non-Muslims, all Muslims were allowed to safely evacuate the premises before executing the disbelievers. The Muslim blood is inviolable whereas the blood of a Kafir [disbeliever] has no protection except by Eeman [belief] or Aman [covenant of security].

And this is a message addressed to the Kenyan public:

We have repeatedly warned you that the actions of your government will not be without retaliation. Choices have consequences; you chose your government out of your own volition so endure the consequences of your actions for you will bear the full brunt of its follies. Not only are you condoning your government’s oppressive policies by failing to speak out against them but are reinforcing their policies by electing them. You will, therefore, pay the price with your blood.

For as long as your government persists in its path of oppression, implements repressive policies and continues with the systematic persecution against innocent Muslims, our attacks will also continue. No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath from occurring in your cities.

How long will you be lulled into a false sense of security by your government’s repeated lies? Have you not learnt anything from the attacks at Westgate, Mpeketoni, Gamba, Mandera and Garissa? Your government keeps promising you a lasting security but fails to deliver on its promises. And the reason is that those in the corridors of power are serving their Western masters and care little for the welfare of Kenyan citizens. You are vulnerable and you will always remain vulnerable. Your government cannot protect you. Your government is not willing to protect you. You will not find safety in your schools, universities, workplaces and even in your homes.

Do not dream of security in your lands until security becomes a reality in the Muslims lands, including the North Eastern Province and the Coast and until all your forces withdraw from all Muslim lands. We will, by the permission of Allah, stop at nothing to avenge the deaths of our Muslim brothers until your government ceases its oppression and until all Muslim lands are liberated from Kenyan occupation. And until then, Kenyan cities will run red with blood. And like we said, this will be a long, gruesome war of which you, the Kenyan public, are its first casualties.

So if you care about the future of your country and the future of your children, then hold your government to account for its crimes before it’s too late or there will come a time when the notion of peace would be but mere reminiscences of a past long gone. You will regret at a time when regret will be of no avail. Think wisely and do not ignore this threat for it has the potential to save your country from destruction, your necks from being slaughtered and your loved ones from being massacred.

As for the Kenyan government:

Our message will be written to you not with words, but with the blood of your people. Dig their graves and prepare their coffins from now.

But honour belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not

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