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War in Southern Somalia:Somali Al-Shabaab threatens Kenya with retaliatory attacks

Friday, October 28, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 28,2011

MOGADISHU, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) — Somalia’s Islamist Al-Shabaab group on Thursday threatened to launch attacks on Kenya in retaliation to its incursion into the militant controlled southern Somalia.

Kenya sent its troops across the border into Somalia to fight with Islamist Al-Shabaab group which it accuses of being behind a string of abductions of foreign tourists and aid workers from its territory.

Sheikh Muqtar Robow, the top leader of Al-Shabaab, said that Kenyan fighters trained by his group will carry out the attacks inside Kenyan cities.

The Islamist official who was speaking to a crowd of supporters who rallied to oppose Kenyan troops incursion into Somalia called fighters to stop throwing grenades and carry out “big blasts”against Kenyan targets.

“The grenades are small. They do not do big harm but just awaken the enemy. We want you to carry out big explosions that cause pain to the enemy,” Robow said to a crowd of supporters outside Mogadishu.

The militant leader said that if Kenya continues to bomb Kismayu, the main port town controlled by his group the Al-Shabaab, fighters would take what they got from the port within Kenya.

“If they close the port in Kismayu like they said because they were bombing it you can go to their banks and ports and take from them what you used to get from the Kismayu port,” Robow said.

Kismayu is the major port city under Islamist Al-Shabaab ground and is thought as the biggest revenue generator for the Al Qaiad linked radical Somali group.

The radical Islamist official called on Islamists throughout the region to come for “the spoils” in fighting with Kenya in Somalia.

Al-Shabaab which controls much of south and center of Somalia has of late been losing ground to Somali government forces backed by the African Union peacekeeping troops in Mogadishu.

Xinhua.

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