Al-Shabaab calls for attacks on Uganda and Burundi embassies

2010-07-30 12:34

Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab had called for worldwide

attacks on the embassies of Uganda and Burundi, whose troops make up a large

African Union (AU) force in Somalia, a terror monitoring group said today.

In a video aired on the Islamic militants’ “news channel”,

al-Shabaab spokesperson Sheikh Mukhtar Robow called for “attacks against the

embassies of Uganda and Burundi around the world”, US monitoring group

IntelCentre reported.

The hard-line Somali rebels promised on Thursday to turn Mogadishu

into a graveyard for AU troops after the pan-African body announced it had

received pledges for 4 000 additional troops for the Somalia force, also known

as Amison.

Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, another al-Shabaab spokesperson, had

warned that beefing up the AU force, which is currently made up of 6 000 Ugandan

and Burundian soldiers, would only reinforce their jihad, or “holy war”.

The English-language video released on the group’s channel also

claimed responsibility for the attack on World Cup fans in Kampala, which killed

76 people on July 11, IntelCentre said.

Suicide bombers detonated deadly explosives in the midst of

revellers watching the World Cup final at two separate entertainment venues in

the Ugandan capital.

Uganda became the first country in early 2007 to dispatch troops to

Amison, which remains the main obstacle preventing al-Shabaab from seizing full

control of the capital.

The July 11 blasts were the worst in East Africa since the 1998

bombing of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.

Al-Qaeda claimed

responsibility for the attacks.

According to the US monitoring group, al-Shabaab announced “the

beginning of their own news channel on July 27”.

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