Al-Shabaab Threaten Violence ‘With Fire’ Against British Troops
Somalia militant group Al-Shabaab has vowed to greet British peacekeeping troops “with fire” upon their arrival in the country.
Spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage spoke on the group’s radio station on Tuesday, promising to welcome the peacekeepers with bullets and parade beheaded British troops through the streets.
Britain ‘an enemy to Muslims’
In the broadcast, Mohamud branded Britain “an enemy to Muslims,” following David Cameron’s pledge of over 300 peacekeeping troops to aid Somalia’s fight against the extremist group.
“We shall welcome British forces with fire and you will see their dead bodies displayed on the web pages,” he said. “We hope to see the beheaded bodies of whites,” he also said in the broadcast.
Eyes on the Horn of Africa
Like other western nations, Britain has largely avoided the Horn of Africa, but on-going violence in the region and a growing migrant crisis has turned eyes onto Somalia, where Al-Shabaab is based.
This will be the first time British troops have formally joined the African Union’s (AU) prolonged battle against the terrorist group. The AU’s own peacekeeping force in Somalia, AMISOM, has been fighting alongside the Somali army since 2007, gradually pushing the extremists into smaller pockets of territory.
Prime Minister Sharmarke vows to liberate remaining territory
Earlier this month Somalia Prime Minister, Omar Sharmarke, vowed to liberate all remaining territory from Al-Shabaab forces in the coming year and have Somali forces take control of the nation’s security from the African Union.
It’s hoped the addition of British troops in Somalia will give the ruling government the extra strength it needs to strip Al-Shabaab of its remaining power. The militant group has lost a lot of ground in recent years, but it still poses a threat in rural areas and attacks on surrounding nations have also occurred.
In 2013 the terror group carried out an attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, which killed more than 60 people.