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Backgrounder: Somali insurgent group al Shabaab

07-14-2010 17:06 BJT

MOGADISHU, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Somali insurgent group al Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the twin blasts in Ugandan capital Kampala on Sunday, which killed more than 70 people and injured more others.

The claim has shown that the group's intent on stretching its tentacles beyond the borders of the war-torn country.

The insurgent groups in Somalia have been waging deadly attacks for the past three years on the Somali government and the African Union (AU) peacekeeping forces in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Al Shabaab which means youth in Arabic has the declared aim of imposing their stricter version of Islamic law known as the Sharia in Somalia but the group is also known for having global agenda to spread its ideology outside Somalia.

The weekend bombing in the Ugandan capital marked the first time the group have claimed responsibility for an attack beyond the borders of Somalia which lacked strong central authority since the collapse of former Somali government in 1991.

The attacks came days after the spiritual leader of the group as well as senior Islamist officials threatened to attack Uganda and Burundi which are the only countries to have contributed to the AU peacekeeping Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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