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Al-Shabab, terrorists behind Kenya mall attack, aims to extend its reach - CBS News

Al-Shabab, terrorists behind Kenya mall attack, aims to extend its reach - CBS News | al-shabab | Scoop.it
Qaeda-affiliated Somali terror group al-Shabab fighting to re-establish its brand, extend its reach
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White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite 'sighting': Police searching remote area of Somalia after tip-off

White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite 'sighting': Police searching remote area of Somalia after tip-off | al-shabab | Scoop.it

It is feared the 29-year-old could be on her way to Yemen where she has spent time with leading members of Al-Qaida.

 

Detective searching for White Widow Samantha Lewthwaite are probing reports she is hiding out in a remote area of Somalia.

Acting on a tip-off, officers are searching in Baidoa for the fugitive believed to have played a key role in the Nairobi mall massacre.

A security source said: “The sighting is believed to be one of the most credible intelligence reports received in a long time concerning where Samantha is.”

It is feared the 29-year-old, originally from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, could be on her way to Yemen where she has spent time with leading members of Al-Qaida.

The alleged sighting follows the Daily Mirror exclusive that Lewthwaite is believed to be behind seven unsolved murders in Kenya.

She is said to have ordered the murders of four religious leaders and three others linked to her al-Shabaab terror group.

Anti-terror police named the White Widow as number one suspect in the cowardly slaughter of Protestant pastors Charles Matole and Ebrahim Kidata.

They also believe she was behind the killings of radical Muslim clerics Aboud Rogo Mohammed and his successor Sheik Ibrahim Rogo after falling out with them.

Mr Matole, 41, was shot in the head at his church in Mombasa. He was found on October 19 sitting in a chair still clutching his bible.

Security sources believe he was executed after mum-of-four Lewthwaite became “paranoid” over his contacts with Kenyan intelligence officials.

Security services also believe the Nairobi mall massacre suspect has infuriated elders within al-Shabaab after demanding more control over its murderous activities and is locked in a power struggle.

Seven of Lewthwaite’s ­disciples, including a Tanzanian preacher, a Somali national, a Ugandan and three Kenyans, are also being hunted.

Ahead of the Nairobi atrocity she was already wanted by Kenyan police over links to a terrorist cell planning bombs attacks.

The widow of 7/7 Kings Cross bomber Germaine Lindsay, Lewthwaite is also accused of planning a bomb attack to kill hundreds of British tourists in Mombasa with fellow British accomplice Jermaine Grant.

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22 Killed in al-Shabab Attack on Somali Police

22 Killed in al-Shabab Attack on Somali Police | al-shabab | Scoop.it
Twenty-two people were killed Tuesday when Islamist militants attacked a police station in central Somalia.

Militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack in the town o...
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Al Qaida turns Birmingham into recruiting hotspot says chilling terror video

Al Qaida turns Birmingham into recruiting hotspot says chilling terror video | al-shabab | Scoop.it

A terror group has releas-ed a video boasting that Birmingham is its top recruiting ground.

 

The hour-long tape by Somali group Al Shabaab named UK towns and cities where its recruits came from.

The chilling message also said terrorists should use a “simple knife” from a DIY store when they cannot access explosives.

Muslims in Britain were urged to fight in Somalia or wage war in the video called Woolwich Attack: It’s An Eye For An Eye.

The Al Shabaab production praised the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London in May and called it “a new and terrifying reality”.

Holding an automatic weapon, the narrator told people to buy knives for terror attacks.

He added: “Do not waste your time trying to reinvent the wheel. If you can’t afford to get hold of one of these then a simple knife will do the job.”

 

Against the backdrop of images of London, the English-speaking narrator named 10 British militants who, he says, have been killed in the “armed struggle”.

The al-Qaida linked militant group was behind the attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, where around 70 people were killed in September. Al Shabaab have used Facebook and Twitter to recruit extremists.

 

Terror expert Rafaello Pantucci, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, said: “There’s little doubt that Birmingham jihadists over the years have travelled abroad for jihad and this video shows that Somalia is one of their destinations.

“The city has a real mix of Muslims from across the globe and it appears Al Shabaab is attracting recruits who are not necessarily of a Somali or even African back-ground but from places like Pakistan.”

Scotland Yard say they are “aware of the video and are assessing its contents”.

According to research by think tank the Henry Jackson Society, more convicted British terror-ists came from Birmingham than anywhere else outside London.

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