Al-Shabab Issue New Threats

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Suspected al Shabab militants are placed in a vehicle before being taken away for further questioning during a joint night operation between the Somali security services and AMISOM forces in Mogadishu, Somalia

Somali based Islamist terrorist group al-Shabab has issued a new threat against neighboring Kenya. Al-Shabab said in an statement it will continue to target Kenyan towns and cities until Kenyan troops are out of Somalia. The group also may have become more oriented toward outward expansion against neighboring countries, as signaled by the recent attack on Ethiopia.

MOGADISHU AUGUST 29: Somali based Islamist group al-Shabab has issued a new threat against neighboring Kenya. The group said it will continue its attacks in that country as long as Kenyan troops are in Somalia.

Al-Shabab said in an English-language statement Saturday it will continue to target Kenyan towns and cities until Kenyan troops are out of Somalia. It said that if the Kenyan government continues to maintain its “invasion” of Muslim lands it will continue to strike inside Kenya.

– “Know that we will continue to defend our lands and our people from the aggressive Kenyan invasion. We will continue to concentrate our attacks on Kenyan towns and cities as long as Kenyan forces continue to occupy our Muslim lands,” the group said.

Mohamed Husein Gaas, director of the Raad Peace Research Institute based in Mogadishu, told that al-Shabab threats are real, as they have seen the organization become stronger financially in the last few years, despite the presence of African Union forces in Somalia.

– “The region’s increased insecurity due to the ongoing civil war in Ethiopia and the underlying political and social polarization will likely exasperate the insecurity of the region as a whole,” he said.

He said the group also may have also become more oriented toward outward expansion, as signaled by the recent attack on Ethiopia’s Somali state.

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Image: AMISOM
Source: VOA News

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