So­mali group de­nies threat­en­ing at­tack on Kenya

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NAIROBI: So­ma­lia’s hard­line al Shabaab rebels de­nied yes­ter­day they had threat­ened to at­tack Kenya af­ter a crack­down on So­ma­lis in its cap­i­tal Nairobi, and said a record­ing posted on the in­ter­net was a fake.

Re­newed fears over the in­sur­gents’ links with Ye­men and al-Qaeda, and an at­tack on the home of a Dan­ish car­toon­ist by an axe-wield­ing So­mali man with re­ported ties to al Shabaab, have fo­cused at­ten­tion on the mil­i­tant group.

A record­ing posted on­line said the threat was com­posed by mil­i­tants an­gered by Kenya’s de­ci­sion to de­port a Ja­maican Is­lamic cleric and the deaths of pro­test­ers in Nairobi who took to the streets a week ago to demon­strate against the move.

But al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mo­hamud Rage told re­porters the group had not posted the record­ing.

Al Shabaab, which Wash­ing­ton says is al-Qaeda’s proxy in So­ma­lia, has threat­ened to at­tack Kenya in the past. But anger has been ris­ing among the So­mali com­mu­nity in re­cent days af­ter Kenyan secu- rity forces de­tained hun­dreds of So­ma­lis liv­ing in a Nairobi sub­urb.

Al Shabaab has also threat­ened to launch at­tacks in­side Ethiopia – as well as Uganda and Bu­rundi be­cause they have troops in So­ma­lia – but has yet to fol­low through. – Reuters

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