Somalia’s Shebab says will send fighters to Yemen

Filed on January 1, 2010

Somalia’s hardline Shebab insurgents on Friday said they will send fighters to Yemen, where government forces are battling Al-QDh a suspects, to help fight “the enemy of Allah”.

“We tell our Muslim brothers in Yemen that we will cross the water between us and reach your place to assist you fight the enemy of Allah,” said Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansour, a top official of the Al-QDh a-inspired militants.

“Today you see what is happening in Yemen, the enemy of Allah is destroying your Muslim brothers,” he said in northern Mogadishu where he displayed hundreds of newly-trained young fighters.

“I call upon the young men in Arab lands to join the fight there.”

Yemeni forces last month launched raids on suspected Al-QDh a targets in the centre of the country and the Sanaa region, killing more than 60 Islamist militants. Several rebels were also wounded in clashes this week.

The Shebab control a large swathe of south and central Somalia and have wrested control of much of the capital Mogadishu where they have relentlessly attacked government and African Union forces.


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