Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Al Shaabab threatens neighbouring countries
The Somali insurgents continue to protest over deployment of the African Union Peacekeepers in Somalia, took to the streets of Kismayo with automatic AK-47 riffles chanting slogans Intergovermental Authority Development and the UN backed Transitional Federal Government.
"We urge the Muslim people to join the jihad against the so-called IGAD members who are our enemies. We will attack them before they invade us," said Al-Shabaab commander Sheikh Bali who was speaking to the protesters in Kismayo.
The demonstrations also took place in Gedo, Middle Shabelle and Bay in southern Somalia, where mostly Al-Qaeda linked group of Al-Shabaab controls.
Leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Djibouti who met in an emergency summit in Addis Ababa decided to deploy 2,000 peacekeepers to Somalia to join other 6,000 peacekeepers from Uganda and Burundi.
The leaders also recommended United Nations to send an additional 20,000 peacekeeping force to Somalia. The protesters denounced forces from neighbouring countries especially Ethiopia which pulled out from Somalia last year after three years of occupied.
The deployment of the AU Soldiers led the Somalis insurgent group Al-Shaabab threatening that they will attack the capitals of Burundi and Uganda in revenge for rocket attacks by peacekeepers from the two countries.
The threat follows the killing on Thursday of at least 30 people in Mogadishu, the capital, by Amisom, the African Union's peacekeeping force to which Uganda and Burundi contribute troops.