Al-Qaeda Encourages Suicide Bombings in East Africa; Christians Remain Easy Targets

ICC Note:

Al-Qaeda leadership urges Muslims to join al-Shabaab in its fight against African Union forces in Somalia. Al-Qaeda leader Al-Zawahri has encouraged militants to engage in suicide bombings and other terror tactics to accomplish their goal of creating an Islamic state in Somalia. What does this mean for Christians who are already targeted by al-Shabaab in East Africa? 

11/8/2012 Somalia (News24) – Al-Qaeda’s leader is urging Muslims to join militants in Somalia in the battle against African Union troops, which he says have been boosted by US support.

Ayman Al-Zawahri says Somalia’s al-Qaeda branch, al-Shabaab, should use guerrilla tactics and suicide bombings to wage jihad, or holy war.

Somalia had been in chaos for years, ruled by warlords and insurgents bent on creating an Islamic state.

The militants, who once controlled nearly all of Mogadishu, have been gone from the capital for more than a year, and in September the African troops booted them out of their last urban stronghold, the port city of Kismayo.

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