Al-Shabaab militants vow to intensify attacks in Mogadishu
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Al-Shabaab Islamists have vowed to intensify their attacks in the Somali capital Mogadishu, which has already witnessed numerous deadly attacks carried out by the group in recent weeks.
In a recorded audio message aired from the group’s station Radio Andalus, Al-Shabaab’s appointed governor for the Benadir province Sheikh Ali Mohamed Hussein who’s more commonly known as “Ali Jabal”, claimed the group was conducting a series of operations in Mogadishu targeting government officials. “In the past few days we’ve carried out continuous attacks in which we targeted senior apostate officers, including immigration, district and army officials” said the Al-Shabaab governor.
He also added that the Presidential Palace was “bombarded by mortar rounds which they fired on Sunday night causing human and material losses to the enemies stationed there”.
Mogadishu for the last eight days has been subject to a surge of drive-by shootings and car bombs claiming the lives of more than a dozen people, including four government officials, their bodyguards and civilians nearby.
Al-Shabaab governor Ali Jabal in his audio message didn’t suffice by addressing recent attacks in Mogadishu, but also taunted the current political crisis in the Somali government, labeling the Somali leaders as “puppets who don’t work in the service of the Somali public, but their own interests and those of the crusaders”. “Both the sea and air ports in Mogadishu are under the control of foreign companies, while the average Somali remains unemployed. Furthermore the prisons in Mogadishu have been filled with innocent civilians, including women, children and elderly. Therefore our fight shall continue until the country is liberated and rule by Sharia law” he concluded.
Al-Shabaab which retreated from Mogadishu in August 2011, have been facing a fierce offensive by the African Union forces, which consists of six African nations. This has caused the group to retreat from several towns, however the Islamists have switched their tactics to that of a guerrilla forces, putting extra focus on ambushes, IEDs, night raids and assassinations.