Somalia's al Shabaab says no attack on Kenya

Somalia's al Shabaab fighters denied on Friday they had threatened to attack Kenya following a crackdown on Somalis.

Somalia's al Shabaab says no attack on Kenya

Somalia's al Shabaab fighters denied on Friday they had threatened to attack Kenya following a crackdown on Somalis in its capital Nairobi, and said a recording posted on the internet was a fake.

A recording posted online said the threat was composed by fighters angered by Kenya's decision to deport a Jamaican Islamic cleric and the deaths of protesters in Nairobi who took to the streets a week ago to demonstrate against the deportation.

But al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told Reuters by telephone the group had not posted the recording.

"We didn't threaten Kenya. That story is a false one. We never posted that on the internet ... Everything needs to be checked first by the media to make sure they know what they are writing about," Rage said.

Rage told Reuters that the group, which is fighting Somalia's Western-backed government, had no idea who was responsible for uploading it to the internet.

And he said that al Shabaab's leader Ahmed Abdi Godane -- also known as Sheik Mukhtar Abdirahman Abu Zubeyr -- had not spoken to the media in the last three months.

"So how did he threaten to Kenya?" the spokesman asked.


Reuters


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