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Somalia's Shebab rebels appoint new leader

Somalia's Shebab rebels appoint new leader

6 September 2014 | 23:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Mogadishu. Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Saturday announced the appointment of a successor to their former leader who was killed in a US air strike, AFP reports.
The group also vowed to avenge the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane and said they would continue their fight to topple the country's internationally-backed government.
The statement from the group, posted on jihadi forums and verified with Shebab officials, came after Somalia's government warned of a wave of retaliatory attacks.
The Horn of Africa nation's president also offered Shebab fighters a chance to lay down their arms and seize on a 45-day amnesty, telling them government troops and the African Union's AMISOM force were on the brink of overrunning their territory.
The Shebab statement said they had named Ahmad Umar Abu Ubaidah as their new leader, described by Shebab sources as a close lieutenant to Godane -- although the name is seen as likely to be a pseudonym.
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Somalia put on high alert after Shebab leader confirmed dead: minister

Somalia put on high alert after Shebab leader confirmed dead: minister

6 September 2014 | 11:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Mogadishu. Somalia's government warned Saturday that the country's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab rebels were planning a wave of retaliatory attacks after it was confirmed their leader was killed earlier this week in a US air strike, AFP reported.
"Security agencies have obtained information indicating that Al-Shebab is now planning to carry out desperate attacks against medical facilities, education centres and other government facilities. The security forces are ready to counter their attacks and we call on people to help the security forces in standing against violent acts," National Security Minister Kalif Ahmed Ereg told reporters.
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US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader: government

US air strike in Somalia targeting Shebab leader: government

2 September 2014 | 10:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Mogadishu. US military forces launched air strikes against the leader of Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, the government said Tuesday, but gave no details if the attack was successful, AFP reported.
"The Americans carried out a major air strike targeting a gathering by senior Al-Shebab officials, including their leader Abu-Zubayr," said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, governor for southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region. The Pentagon have confirmed an "operation" was carried out.
Abu-Zubayr is the often used name for Shebab supreme commander Ahmed Abdi Godane, listed by the US State Department as one of the world's eight top terror fugitives.
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African troops in fresh offensive against Islamists in Somalia: army

African troops in fresh offensive against Islamists in Somalia: army

30 August 2014 | 12:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Mogadishu. Somali and African Union forces have launched a long-awaited fresh offensive against Shebab Islamist fighters aimed to capture remaining ports from the extremists, army and government officials said Saturday, AFP reported.
"Operation Indian Ocean started late last night.... the enemy is fleeing and the forces are making successful advances so far," said Abdukadir Mohamed Nur, the governor of southern Somalia's Lower Shabelle region.
Witnesses reported hearing the booms of heavy shelling, as well as seeing convoys of tanks and armoured vehicles heading towards the Shebab stronghold of Bulomarer, some 160 kilometres (100 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu.
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