Somali Islamist rebels pledge allegiance to new leader

September 8th, 2014  
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Topic: Somali Islamist rebels pledge allegiance to new leader

By Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Rebels of the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab have pledged allegiance to their new leader after his predecessor was killed and said their enemies would reap the "bitter fruits" of revenge after Ahmed Godane's killing, a spokesman said. Al Shabaab confirmed that Godane was killed by a U.S. In a statement on Saturday, al Shabaab also reaffirmed its allegiance to al Qaeda and promised revenge for Godane's killing. "We, the al Shabaab mujahideen (fighters), give allegiance to our new leader, Sheikh Ahmed Umar Abu Ubaida," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, spokesman for al Shabaab's military operations, said in a recorded statement.


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