By B. Hutson
Al-Qaeda wasted no time announcing their retaliation against the United States for the killing of their leader Osama Bin Laden. Unfortunately, that threat has hit too close to home for the commander in chief—on Wednesday, a Somali-based al-Qaeda organization threatened to kill President Obama’s 88-year-old Kenyan grandmother, Sarah Onyango Obama.
According to the International Business Times, Omar Hamami, a senior Shababb official, released this statement: “We are sending a message to [Barack] Obama and [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton that we will avenge the death Sheikh Osama bin Laden very soon. Osama is dead but the holy war is not dead. Mujahedeen fighters all over the world are fully prepared the revenge the death of our leader.”
Kenyan police issued security for Sarah Obama’s home after receiving reports about plans to attack her home. Police are also keeping watch over the entire village where Sarah stays, which is the village of of Nyang’oma Kogelo in western Kenya near the Ugandan border. Sarah says she is unfazed by the security.
According to IBT, she told ABC News, “my life has not been affected in any way. It has not restricted my movement. If the government has decided to bring more security personnel, we are OK with it.”
Sarah was the second wife of Barack’s late grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama—she is not biologically related to the president.
Even though the most wanted man in the world is no longer alive, the world will still have to deal with the repercussions of his death. Unfortunately, through this latest declaration of attack on Obama’s grandmother, al-Qaeda is illustrating that any one can be a target of their wrath.