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Shabab threatens Uganda and Burundi.

10/23/2009 9:44:08 AM

Somalia's al-Shabab fighters have said they will attack the capitals of Burundi and Uganda in revenge for rocket attacks by peacekeepers from the two countries.

The threat follows the killing on Thursday of at least 30 people in Mogadishu, the capital, by Amisom, the African Union's peacekeeping force peacekeeping force nfuerza de pacificación

peacekeeping force nforces fpl qui assurent le maintien de la paix

 to which Uganda and Burundi contribute troops.

Speaking late on Thursday, Sheikh sheikh
 or shaykh

Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders.
 Ali Mohamed For other people of a similar name, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation).

Ali Abdul Saoud Mohamed, (Ali Abdelsoud Mohammed) also known as Ali Mohammed (b.
 Hussein, a senior al-Shabab commander, said: "We shall make their people cry. We'll attack Bujumbura and Kampala ... We will move our fighting to those two cities and we shall destroy them."

Burundi and Uganda have each 2,500 peacekeepers for Amisom.

Witnesses said Amisom fired at least 35 rockets into the capital's Bakara market area on Thursday after al-Shabab fighters there launched mortar shells at the aircraft of Sharif sha·rif  
n.
Variant of sherif.
 Sheikh Ahmed Sheikh Ahmed (b. October 26, 1973 in Islington, London) - not to be confused with Al-Jazeera editor-in-chief Ahmed Sheikh - is a British web developer, music blogger and DJ. , the Somali president, as he left the airport for a summit in Uganda.

Amisom denial

Major Barigye Ba-hoku, Amisom's spokesman in Mogadishu, denied on Friday that the AU soldiers had fired any artillery and blamed Thursday's civilian deaths on bombs of fighters.

"We did not shell any place ... We are investigating and the Somali government is investigating too," he told the Reuters news agency.

"Al-Shabab wants to drag us into their war ... they shell us and then they also shell Bakara, then they tell people there it was Amison who killed civilians. We know their tactics. "

The US accuses al-Shabab, which wants to topple Ahmed's fragile UN-backed administration and impose its own strict verison of Islamic law Noun 1. Islamic law - the code of law derived from the Koran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed; "sharia is only applicable to Muslims"; "under Islamic law there is no separation of church and state"
sharia, sharia law, shariah, shariah law
 across the country, of being al-Qaeda's proxy in the failed Horn of Africa Horn of Africa, peninsula, NE Africa, opposite the S Arabia Peninsula. Also known as the Somali Peninsula, it encompasses Somalia and E Ethiopia and is the easternmost extension of the continent, separating the Gulf of Aden from the Indian Ocean.  state.

About 19,000 civilians have been killed in fighting since the start of 2007 while another 1.5 million have been forced out of their homes.

Somalia, ravaged rav·age  
v. rav·aged, rav·ag·ing, rav·ages

v.tr.
1. To bring heavy destruction on; devastate: A tornado ravaged the town.

2.
 by drought, has become a safe haven 1. Designated area(s) to which noncombatants of the United States Government's responsibility and commercial vehicles and materiel may be evacuated during a domestic or other valid emergency.
2.
 for fighters, including foreign ones, who use it to plot attacks across the region and beyond, Western aid agencies say.

Thursday's clashes were some of the heaviest to rock Mogadishu for weeks, and they underlined the difficulties facing the 5,000-strong AU mission.

Hearts and minds

Amisom has had trouble securing the city's airport, sea port and the presidential palace, although it has won some hearts and minds by giving residents clean water and free medical treatment.

Its soldiers come under near-daily attacks from roadside bombs and rebel artillery.

Last month al-Shabab hit Amisom's headquarters with a twin suicide car bombing that killed 17 peacekeepers, including the Burundian deputy force commander.

"We do not take their threats lightly," Ba-hoku said. "Any attempt to attack Burundi or Uganda will be met with decisive action and will be defeated

" If we get enough troops here, we can move into other regions and bring peace to all of Somalia."

Several African nations had committed to send troops to reinforce Amisom but have so far failed to do so, some saying in private that they are put off by the incessant violence.

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