Islamist rebel group and al-qaeda proxy in Africa, al-shabaab, has threatened to attack the capitals of Burundi and Uganda in retaliation of what they say are attacks by peacekeepers in these countries which killed over 30 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. In a statement, Sheikh Ali Mohamed Hussein, a senior al Shabaab commander, said “We shall make their people cry. We’ll attack Bujumbura and Kampala; we will move our fighting to those two cities and we shall destroy them,”
The African Union’s (AU) AMISOM force in the Somali capital is made up of contingents from across Africa; and Burundi and Uganda both have 2,500 peacekeepers taking part in operations there. AIMSOM’s spokesman in Mogadishu, Major Barigye Ba-hoku said “Al Shabaab wants to drag us into their war; they shell us and then they also shell Bakara, then they tell people there it was AMISOM who killed civilians. We know their tactics.” “We do not take their threats lightly,” Ba-hoku said. He also said that “Any attempt to attack Burundi or Uganda will be met with decisive action and will be defeated; If we get enough troops here, we can move into other regions and bring peace to all of Somalia.”
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