Somalia welcomes bin Laden’s death as Al Shabaab redoubles battle.

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Sharif Sh. Ahmed said the slain al Qaeda leader was responsible the battle which is right now going in war-torn horn of African nation because of his financial and logistical support to his surrogates (al Shabaab militants) in Somalia.

The embattled president of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, on Monday welcomed the death of Osama Bin Laden, the leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network, hours after the United States announced his death.

Speaking at the president’s mansion, Villa Somalia, the president congratulated his U.S. counterpart on killing bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist in the world.

He spelled out that the death could help dismantle the al Shabaab fundamentalist group, which controls large swaths in the south and center of Somalia.

Ahmed said the slain al Qaeda leader was responsible the battle that is right now going in the war-torn Horn of African nation because of his financial and logistical support to his surrogates, al Shabaab militants, in Somalia.

He accused bin Laden’s network of being behind a number of suicide attacks in Belet Weyne and Mogadishu, which have resulted in the deaths of Somali government ministers and other important officials.

As of news of bin Laden’s death emerged, al Shabaab militants early Monday morning launched premeditated attacks on the southern Somalia town of Garbaharey and prompted heavy combat with Somali forces allied with moderate Sufi group of Ahlu Sunna Waljama (ASWJ).

Mohamoud Sayid Adam, a Somalia government official in the Gedo region, told the media Monday afternoon that the militant group failed in their last attempt to recapture the town of Garbaharey days after they peacefully abandoned the city.

“Al Shabaab has 11 times attacked government military bases just outside of Garbaharey, all attempts ended in vain and 11 of their fighters slain in the combat,” Adam stated.

Al Shabaab announced its allegiance to al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden dubbed the Somali government and its officials to be infidels or apostate ones, a doctrine known as Takfir (be Muslim or non-Muslim).

Source:        AHN

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