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After al-Shabaab attack, Kenya needs anti-terrorism policy

Kenya continues to mourn the slaughter of 148 university students by al-Shabaab gunmen last week. But the attack was not the first that seemed to take Kenya's police and authorities unprepared. Today we hear the call for an improved anti-terror strategy in Kenya.
Policemen walk in front of a Catholic church before an Easter Sunday service in Garissa April 5, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic - RTR4W5IA (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Last week's horrific attack on Kenyan soil left nearly 150 people dead. The group behind the violence at Garissa University College was al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab. And this was not the first time the militant Islamists have targeted civilians in the country. 

Yesterday military officials confirmed Kenyan warplanes dropped bombs on two al-Shabaab camps in Somalia. But the ongoing attacks have led to calls around the world for the Kenyan government to develop a more effective anti-terrorism strategy... especially as more details come out about how embedded the attackers were in Kenyan society.

Elizabeth McSheffrey is a freelance reporter based in Nairobi, Kenya. Abdi Samatar is a geography professor at the University of Minnesota. 

This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant, Marc Apollonio, and Samira Mohyeddin.