Somali group denies threatening attack on Kenya
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