Al-Shabaab Says More Attacks Coming to Kenya
Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab has threatened Kenya with further violence, following the recent attack on a Kenyan Defense Force (KDF) base in El-Adde, Somalia.
The leader of Al-Shabaab’s Kenyan branch, Ahmed Iman Ali, told soldiers at a training camp that disaster has struck in El-Adde, according to Long War Journal. He then condemned Kenya’s involvement in the war against his group and said the country would continue to suffer from terrorist attacks.
‘The blood we will spill in Kenya’
Ali listed a series of crimes he claims have been carried out by KDF forces in Kenya and Somalia. Kenya has sent thousands of troops into Somalia as part of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) against the Al-Shabaab.
The militant group has responded with a number of deadly attacks in Kenya, including Garissa University and Westgate shopping mall, which killed more than 200 people combined.
Ali says attacks in Kenya will continue as well, until the country is forced to “change their flag by erasing all the colors except the red one as an indication of the blood that we will spill in Kenya.”
Kenya claims attack plotter killed
Reports of Ali’s comments come a matter of days after Kenya claimed it had killed Al-Shabaab’s intelligence chief in air strikes that claimed more than 52 militants’ lives. Mahad Mohammed Karate has been linked to high-profile attacks in Kenya and the recent assault on the El-Adde military base. His death would be a huge loss for the Somali-based militant group.
Al-Shabaab has denied these claims, however, insisting there was no air strike to begin with and that Karate is still alive. Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta recently announced he would build a new prison specifically designed for terrorist criminals. The leader is also expected to discuss plans with Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, regarding cooperation between the two countries in the fight against Al-Shabaab.
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