Al-Shabab leader threatens more Uganda attacks

Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 20:20

Mogadishu: The leader of the al-Qaida
linked Somali militant group that claimed responsibility for
twin bombings in Uganda during the World Cup final threatened
further attacks in a new audio message released on Thursday.

The leader of al-Shabab Sheik Muktar Abu Zubayr also
thanked the militants who carried out Sunday`s twin bombings
in Uganda that killed 76 people. It was the first time
al-Shabab had struck outside Somalia`s borders.
In the audio message played on Mogadishu radio
stations, Abu Zubayr told Uganda`s president that more attacks
would be carried out.

"I say to the Ugandan president what has happened in
Kampala was only the beginning. We will keep revenging what
your soldiers remorselessly did to our people. Your tanks
destroyed the remains of our buildings in Mogadishu and we
will also revenge that," Abu Zubayr said.

The bombings on Sunday ripped through a restaurant
and rugby club as crowds watched the World Cup final between
Spain and the Netherlands on television.

Al-Shabab said the bombings were revenge for
Uganda`s deployment of peacekeepers in Mogadishu with the
African Union force, known as AMISOM.
Al-Shabab battles African Union and Somali forces
in the streets of Mogadishu daily, in an effort to topple
Somalia`s weak, UN-backed administration. Those attacks often
miss their military targets and the crossfire kills scores of
civilians.

"What is called AMISOM has committed a nasty
massacre in Mogadishu, worse than the ones committed before by
the Ethiopians and Americans: constant shelling at poor
civilian populations, tanks leveling what remained of
Mogadishu buildings and machine-guns shot at public vehicles.
All those were the habits of AMISOM," Abu Zabayr said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 20:20

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