Den ekstreme islamistiske organisasjonen Al-Shabaab, som kontrollerer regionen Jubba syd i Somalia, erklærte Kenya hellig krig på søndag. Krigserklæringen kommer som en følge av rapporter om at somaliske regjeringstropper trener i Nairobi i Kenya.
Nestkommanderende i Al-Shaabab, Sheikh Hussen Abdi Gedi, sier at gruppen har mottatt rapporter om planlagte offensiver fra Kenya og oppfordrer regionens befolkning om å forberede seg på hellig krig.
«Kenya has prepared troops that comprise of Kenyans and Somalis, who are trained to attack and take over the regions. They are planning to attack us on the land, sea and air. We are urging people to be ready and defend our land,» he told Al-Shabaab’s Andalus radio on Sunday.
His sentiments come as Kismayo, the lucrative southern Somali port city that fuels insurgent activities across the war-torn country, witnesses a low flying military planes which raised high tension.
The border between the two countries has also seen the enormous presence of Kenyan troops, who are patrolling with the battle wagons.
It is the first time that the rebel group has declared jihad against Kenya since capturing the bordering region.
However, Kenya denied reports of its involvement in the training of Somali soldiers, saying it has nothing to do with the Somali issues.
Sources quoted by Garowe Online said Nairobi trained in its soil some 2,500 troops, who are ready to join the Somali government’s offensive against Al Shabaab rebels.