Al-Zawahiri video urges Somali militants to fight

Last Updated: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 23:35

Kampala: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has released a new video in which he encourages Somali militants to fight on despite the challenges.

In the video, reported on Friday by the Site Intelligence Group which monitors militant activities, al-Zawahiri urges al-Shabab militants not to be deterred by US drone attacks.

It is al-Zawahiri`s second video address to al-Shabab, which formally joined al Qaeda in February.

Al-Shabab has increasingly come under pressure in recent times from regional armies and government forces who are pushing it from three sides inside Somalia.

Somalia`s Prime Minister said last month that al-Shabab militants were fleeing up north, into the semiautonomous region of Puntland.

Somalia has lacked a stable government since 1991.

PTI



First Published: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 23:35

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