Twitter Suspends Al-Shabab Account After Group Claimed Responsibility For Deadly Mall Attack On Social Media Site And Live Tweeted About It

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The Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabab group claimed responsibility on Twitter for the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya and was reportedly live tweeting about it on the social media site before Twitter suspended its account.

The Raw Story reports that a message from Twitter on the English-language @HSM_Press account read that the account was suspended. That marks the third time this year that the group has been blocked from the site.

The terror group claims that the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya was a revenge attack that targeted non-Muslims, according to Web Pro News, which posted some of the statements that were copied from the Twitter account prior to its suspension.

One of the reported tweets read:

“HSM has on numerous occasions warned the #Kenyan government that failure to remove its forces from Somalia would have severe consequences.”

Another tweet stated the following:

“The Mujahideen entered #Westgate Mall today at around noon and are still inside the mall, fighting the #Kenyan Kuffar (infidels) inside their own turf.”

The Raw Story also reported that the group’s previous account, @HSMPress, was suspended early this year after the group posted photographs of a French commando they killed and threatened to execute Kenyan hostages. They opened another account, @HSMPress1, but were again suspended earlier this month after threatening Somalia’s internationally-backed president.

Sources: The Raw Story, Web Pro News