Somali fighters vow more strikes on pro-govt. forces
Somalia’s al-Shabab fighters have vowed to intensify their deadly attacks against the country’s transitional government and their foreign military supporters, Press TV reports.
Al-Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohammud Dhere made the warning on Thursday, a day after the militant group carried out a deadly bomb attack in the capital, Mogadishu.
“Yesterday’s bomb attack was meant to send a clear message to the apostate government, to tell them that the enemy forces they invited into the country will not protect them. We can and will attack them anywhere and anytime,” he stated.
Dhere also warned residents in government-controlled areas that more attacks target those areas in the coming days or weeks.
“We reiterate our early warnings to the public to stay away from those areas under the control of the enemy. Those areas will be targeted in the campaign against the crusaders,” he noted.
On Wednesday, a female bomber blew herself up inside Somalia’s National Theater as it was hosting an event marking the first anniversary of the Somali National Television.
The explosion ripped through the crowd as Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali was delivering speech at the ceremony.
The premier escaped the attack but police confirmed the death of Somali Football Federation chief Said Mohamed Nur and Somali Olympic Committee Chief Aden Yabarow Wish.
Somalia has been the scene of a tug of war among armed groups and the Western-backed central government since warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991.
The weak Western-backed Transition Federal Government, propped by a 12,000-strong African Union force from Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti, has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years.
Somalia is one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced people in the world.