Somali Islamist leader calls for Uganda, Burundi Embassy attacks

07:56, July 06, 2010      

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A senior Islamist official from the hard-line Islamist movement of Al Shabaab on Monday called on international jihadists to attack the embassies of Burundi and Uganda throughout the world.

The troops of both African countries are currently deployed as peacekeepers in the Somali capital Mogadishu and are battling deadly Islamist insurgency led by Al Shabaab fighters.

At an Islamist organized mass rally in the northeastern Mogadishu, Sheikh Muqtar Robow Abu Mansuur, a senior Al Shabaab official speaking to Islamist supporters, called on international Islamist fighters to attack the embassies of Burundi and Uganda in the world. "We tell the Muslim youths and Mujahideens (Islamist fighters) wherever they are in the Muslim world to attack, explode and burn the embassies of Burundi and Uganda in the world," Robow told jubilant crows who chanted "Allahu Akbar" or Allah Is Great as they waved the black flags of the group.

The Islamist officials urged Al Shabaab supporters and fighters to "finish off" the African Union peacekeeping forces who have lately been coming under constant attack.

Earlier the reclusive leader of the Islamist movement issued a threat of retaliation against the peoples of Uganda and Burundi for alleged atrocities committed against the people of Mogadishu.

In an audio tape broadcast on local radio stations, the Emir of the Islamist movement, Sheikh Muqtar Abdelrahman Abu Zubeyr, called for an "all-out Jihad campaign" against the Somali government forces and almost 5,000 AU peacekeepers in Mogadishu.

The two sides have been engaging in fierce battles for the past several days in the north of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Almost 40 people including two AU soldiers were killed and nearly a hundred others were also injured in the fighting that started last week.

The clashes have since been continuing intermittently in the north of Mogadishu where the few remaining families in the areas fled to the outskirts of the city.

Source: Xinhua


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