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BBC News - Kenya's Westgate siege: 'Militants hired shop to hide arms'#

It is now a week since the appalling attack and slaughter of innocent civilians at the shopping centre in Kenya.
The perpetrators are known to the world as they have admitted(not to say boasted) that it is they who are responsible. It is Al shabaab an Islamist Jihadist faction based in Somalia. By any definition you care to use they are Terrorists, plain and simple. But the BBC has decided to use the word Militant most commonly used nowadays when referring to a Union member whose ideology is a little to the left of moderate.
Why so mealy mouthed even if they don't use the adjective Islamist I can't see why terrorist cannot be applied.
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