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Kampala attacks just a beginning , warns Somali Islamist Al Shabaab leader

07-15-2010 15:58 BJT

MOGADISHU, July 15 (Xinhua) -- The spiritual leader of the radical Islamist group in Somalia which claimed responsibility for the deadly Sunday twin attacks in the Ugandan capital Kampala on Thursday said the assault was "just a prelude."

In an audio tape posted on website of Islamist group of Al Shabaab, the Emir of the Islamist movement, Sheikh Muqtar Abdelrahman Abu Zubeyr, reiterated the movement's accusation of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping forces in Mogadishu of committing "massacres" against the people in Mogadishu.

Al Shabaab, which is fighting Somali government and AU forces in Mogadishu, claimed responsibility for the twin attacks over the weekend in Kampala which left almost 76 people dead and many more injured. "The incident in Kampala is just a prelude," said the reclusive leader of the Somali militant group that controls much of south- central of the Horn of African nation.

He congratulated the Islamist fighters who carried out the Kampala attack saying they were "honored" to carry out the deadly operation in Kampala. He called the group behind the attacks as "the Salah Nebhan Brigade" after the most senior foreign member of the Al Shabaab.

Nebhan, a Kenyan-born senior Al Qaeda figure, was killed last year after U.S. helicopters strafed a vehicle he was travelling in near the southern Somali town of Barawa.

Abu Zubeyr claimed that the AU peacekeeping mission troops in Mogadishu known as AMISOM, of which Uganda and Burundi are the only contributing countries, have committed "worse massacres" in Mogadishu allegedly than the U.S. as well as Ethiopia whose troops withdrew early last year after two year presence in Somalia. "The so-called AMISOM have committed worse massacres in Mogadishu than the ones previously committed by the Ethiopians and the Americans."

The Islamist leader who has never been seen in public since assuming leadership of the movement in 2008 after the death of the former head, vowed to continue avenging against Uganda and Burundi.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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