Shabaab urge Muslim uprising in Kenya

2014-06-18 13:57
Al-Shabaab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises in Somalia. (Mohamed Sheikh Nor, AP/File)

Al-Shabaab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises in Somalia. (Mohamed Sheikh Nor, AP/File)

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Mogadishu - Somalia's Shabaab rebels on Wednesday repeated claims they were responsible for two consecutive massacres in Kenya, the day after Kenya's president insisted that "local political networks" and not the al-Qaeda-linked group were to blame.

"The attack in Mpeketoni was ordered by the mujahedeen high command to retaliate for Kenya's killing of Muslims in Somalia and Kenya. The Islamic fighters answered to that holy call," Shabaab’s military spokesperson, Abdulaziz Abu Musab, said in a news conference broadcast by Shabaab’s radio.

According to the spokesperson, the Shabaab attackers "controlled the area of the battle zone for 10 hours" after entering on Sunday night before withdrawing. He also said 20 people were killed in an attack the following night in a nearby village, although Kenyan officials say nine people were killed.

"Fighting against our enemies in Kenya will continue," the spokesperson added.

"We are calling on the Muslims in Kenya to fight for their dignity as there is no neutral middle ground now. Your religious leaders were killed, your daughters were raped, your property was looted," he said.

"Use guns, knives and all weapons you can get. Fight individually," he added.

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