10 Things to Know About Somali Militants Al-Shabab
What Inspires Them?
Al-Shabab is inspired by the Saudi Arabian Wahabi version of Islam though most Somalis belong to the more moderate Sufi strain. While they initially won popularity with Somalis by promising security and stability after years of lawlessness and violence, al-Shabab's destruction of Sufi shrines has cost them much support among locals.
In this image, relatives help a woman at the Nairobi City Mortuary after she identified the body of a loved one. (Photo: AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)