16 April 2013

Somalia: Al-Shebaab to Launch More Attacks After Mogadishu Court Assault, Spokesperson

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Al-Shabaab militia have threatened to launch more attacks in the against the government (file photo).

Mogadishu — Somalia's al-Shebab rebels have threatened further attacks after coordinated bombings and shootings that killed at least 30 people in Mogadishu at the weekend.

Al-Shebab spokesperson Ali Mohamud Rageh told the media that their fighters will double the number of attacks against the government.

Rageh insisted that the court which his fighters attacked has in the past carried out what "illegal" sentences against his Mujahidin fighters so that this time it has to pay the heftiest price for its role in the "war against Islam and endless brutality against innocents".

"The Mujahidin fighters will intensify their attacks against this apostate government," he said. "'The attack on Sunday was a clear indication that Mujahidin fighters are still kicking and alive.

"Our martyred did a good job when they attacked this so-called court house which was planning a harmful conspiracy against Islam."

He also added that al-Shebab would go to every possible length to attain its goal in order for them to be able to destruct or weaken the government's power.

Meanwhile Former, Somalia intelligence chief Ahmed Fiqi has accused members of the army have links with al-Shebab after Sunday's attack which claimed dozens of.

He said that he believed that al-Shebab have ranks in the army who always facilitate their operations.

"This attack was preplanned, and there is no doubt that members of the army were involved it, they at least gave them tips or information and collaborated with them in reaching their goal and they did".

On Monday, Mogadishu remained on high security alert following Sunday's deadly attacks.

The national security and interior minister Abdikarim Hussein Guled has announced on Monday that the security forces of the country will remain vigilant to ensure stability in the capital.

Somalia president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has declared a new phase of war to eliminate what he called extremists of al-Shebab.

President Mohamud called for the Somali people to assist the security forces in nabbing the members of al-Shebab who are trying to hide into the civilian areas.

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