Top Al-Shabaab leader declares holy war against Kenya

Posted: November 28, 2014 in Africa News
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Sheikh Fuad Shongole, Top Al-Shabaab leader

A senior Al Shabaab commander said his group had moved its holy war in Nairobi, threatening to launch attacks by teenage
suicide bombers on a city already reeling from bomb blasts and deadly militant assaults.

The group has declared war on Kenya before, suggesting an escalation in a campaign that has piled pressure on the
Kenyan government and
alarmed regional and global powers.

“We have transferred the war to inside Nairobi,” Khalaf, one of al
Shabaab’s most senior officials,
said in a speech posted on Jihadist Forums.

“Kenyans, wait for Muslim teenage suicide bombers, explosions and battles,” said Khalaf, a Somali-Swedish national wanted by the United
States. He called on Muslims in Kenya to join the offensive.

There is no immediate reaction from government officials in the
capital of east Africa’s largest economy.

The al Qaeda-linked group, which has fought a bloody seven year
campaign to impose its interpretation of Islamic sharia law inside Somalia, has said it wants to take revenge for Kenya’s deployment of troops in the Horn of Africa nation.

The government has defended the efforts of its security services and said it has foiled other plots. Kenya’s minority Muslim population in the capital and on the coast has been a fertile
recruitment ground for al Shabaab where many youths feel abandoned by a predominantly Christian government.

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