Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Djibouti explosions & threaten of more attacks
Mogadishu (Harar24) – In a statement released to media outlets the militant Al-Shabaab organization claimed responsibility for the two explosions that took place at La Chaumiere café in Djibouti.
The statement, which Harar24 received a copy of, outlined that the Al-Qaeda affiliated group was behind the attack last Saturday night in the Djibouti capital, which they claim caused “35 casualties” from several NATO countries, including US, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The group also confirmed it had killed “2 senior French commanders” in the attacks.
The insurgents justified the attack by citing that the attack was a retribution for the French-backed atrocities against Muslims in the Central African Republic. “The attack was carried out against the French Crusaders for their complicity in the massacres and persecution of our Muslim brothers in the Central African Republic” the statement said. The statement also blamed France for training Djiboutian forces, who are currently stationed in Somalia under the AMISOM and for generally intervening in what they called “the affairs of Muslim lands” and “for their active role in training and equipping the apostate Djiboutian troops in Somalia”.
The statement also blasted at the president of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Geelle, for his recent lease with the US extending their presence & keeping their military base in Djibouti and allowing what the militants called “crusaders” access to Djibouti and its facilities. After claiming that this was just the beginning, the militants threatened of further attacks, if the Djiboutian president refused to comply with their demands which included, pulling out Djiboutian forces from Somalia and “expelling all the Crusaders from Djibouti”.
The statement further urged Muslims in Djibouti to stay away from facilities frequented by Westerners and to avoid socializing with them or attending their gatherings, in case the insurgents strike again. “We advise our Muslim brothers in Djibouti to stay well away from the Crusaders as they are the main target of the Mujahideen’s attacks” cited the statement, while further adding: “Refrain from socializing with them or visiting their facilities and attending their gatherings for your own safety.”
Enclosing their statement Al-Shabaab sent a chilling threat to those whom they deem as “crusaders” promising that they wouldn’t enjoy safety in Djibouti while Muslim children “are buried under tonnes of rubble”, and threatening that “it’s time to strike back”.
This attack on Djibouti, which is used as a launching pad for drones, is the first attack carried out by Al-Shabaab against Djibouti and joins Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia as the nations which witnessed devastating attacks by Al-Shabaab. This attack also marks the largest attack by the group outside of Somalia which claimed Western casualties since the Westgate attack which killed nearly 70 people.