Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab, which is affiliated with Al-Qaida, has vowed to carry out terrorist actions in Kenya, in what it says will be a fight back against the recent invasions on their lands.
Kenya has blamed Al-Shabaab for a number of foreign-aid worker kidnappings and attacks on its soil, and earlier this month sent troops and fighter jets into Somalia, targeting key cities being controlled by the Islamic group.
The militants have urged supporters in Kenya to stop throwing grenades and move on to bigger weapons and bombs.
Speaking to a crowd of hundreds in Elesha, Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansoor, one of the group’s leaders, has said that he wants to see “huge blasts” shake the Kenyan leadership and opposition forces.
The sheikh has also said that they had tried to hold talks with the Kenyan government, but that the invasions have moved them beyond the point of negotiating.
“Kenya, you have started the war and so you have to face the consequences”, the sheikh warned, promising that the militants would fight back.
Another spokesman claimed that Al Shabaab militants had already attacked and defeated a Kenyan military force near the town of Tabdo.
A Kenyan official, Alfren Mutua, has immediately moved to deny that such negotiation efforts were made, saying they had received no contact from the militant group at all. What is more, he has assured that the government would refuse to negotiate with any such outlawed groups, and that they are continuing with their offensive to take down Al-Shabaab.
Mutua went on to describe the militant group as “running for their lives” and predicted victory for the Kenyan offensive.
The Somali government army have joined forces with Kenya and declared they are ready to help them eradicate the militants from their lands. Terrorism alerts have been issued all throughout the region, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning that Al-Shabaab are threatening to spread their influence and could pose a threat to the United States.