Al-Shabaab says Nairobi attack was part of series of attacks against western targets in Africa
Mogadishu (Harar24) – in new statement by Al-Shabaab on the deadly Nairobi attack The group says that it “carried out this operation – codenamed Operation ‘Jerusalem will never be Judaized’ – in accordance with the guidelines of Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri,” and hints that more attacks are Imminent .
The Somali-based islamist group Al-Shabaab, which took responsibility for the deadly Nairobi hotel complex attack, said in a statement released by the Group late Wednesday that the attack was in response to trumps decision to declare jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“It is a response to the witless remarks of the US president, Donald Trump, and his declaration of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel.” The statement read.
In response White House National Security Council spokesman released statement saying: “This senseless act is a stark reminder of why the United States remains resolved in our fight to defeat radical Islamist terrorism.” Reuters news agency reports.
Following the attack that killed 21 people in a siege that lasted nearly two days, the Islamist group said in the statement picked up by news agencies that its fighters stormed the DusitD2 complex on instructions by “Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri” and hinted that More attacks are imminent saying “this attack was part of a series of operations specifically targeting Western and Zionist interests in Africa”
In the statement the group also says that its “Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan Battalion” was responsible for the deadly siege. That same unit, has conducted several high-profile operations in the past including the deadly 2016 raid in KDF’s El-Adde base which the group killed more than 150 Kenyan Defense forces.
Kenya has been a target for al-Shabab since October 2011, when it sent its army into Somalia to fight the jihadist group, in revenge, the group waged deadly attacks against Kenya army bases inside Somalia and sent fighters in to Kenya to conduct deadly raids in Nairobi, Northeastern and Lamu County.