Did Al Qaeda threaten Sierra Leonean troops in Somalia?
16th April 2012 · 0 Comments
Al Shabab fighter
The al Qaeda-linked group of Somalia, Al Shabab has warned on Sunday troops from Sierra Leone not to join the war in Somalia otherwise they will fail as Kenyan, Al Shabab cammander said.
Sheikh Abdurahman Muhumed Hudeyfa, senior Al Shabab commander in Lower Jubba region that any troops from Sierra Leone reached the region but warned of retaliation attacks against them.
“We, as the Mujahidin in Somalia tell the government and the people of Sierra Leone not to dispatch their boys to Somalia otherwise they will collect more bodies from here as failed Kenyans do.” Sheikh Hudeyfa said according Al Shabab run radio.
“We will fight them as we fought against the crusaders of Kenyans, AMISOM and the Christian Ethiopians.” He vowed.
He says the African Union forces [AMISOM] and Kenyans needed reinforcement after Al Shabab defeated them in the south and central Somalia.
“If they [AMISOM and Kenyan army] were successful they would not have to call Sierra Leone troops to join them. This shows they have failed in their oppressive and injustice reign against Islam.” Sheikh Abdurahman Muhumed Hudeyfa said.
The announcement of Al Shabab came as Somalia government and AMISOM await the first deployment of 850 soldiers from Sierra Leone in June. Three weeks ago military officers from Sierra Leone and Kenya visited the southern region of Gedo region to look locations for the new deployment.
Meanwhile sources in Kismayo town report that Al Shabab officials begun recruiting new young teenagers to fight for them. Unnamed local resident told RBC Radio that offices allocated registering the teenagers were opened in the town
By Daily Mail