“Al Qaeda advises Shabaab to keep low profile on links, attack US interests”
By BILL ROGGIO
August 15, 2010
SNIPPET: “Al Qaeda’s senior leadership has advised Shabaab, its affiliate in Somalia, to downplay links between the two terror groups and suggested that future attacks be directed at US interests in East Africa.”
SNIPPET: “Shabaab’s double suicide attack in Uganda on July 11 was well received by al Qaeda’s top leadership, who want Shabaab to continue to hitting US interests in Africa.
“Al Qaeda is pleased with the double suicide attack in Uganda, but suggested Shabaab reserve future strikes at US interests in the region,” the official said.
The July 11 double suicide attack in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, killed 74 civilians as they watched the World Cup’s final soccer match. The mastermind of the Kampala attacks, Isah Ahmed Luyima, said he executed the bombings with the intent of maximizing US deaths.
“I targeted places where many Americans go,” Luyima said in a press conference hosted by Ugandan police on Aug. 12. “I was made to believe that Americans were responsible for the suffering of Muslims all over the world.”
The Shabaab cell that carried out the Uganda attack called itself the Saleh Ali Nabhan Brigade. Saleh Ali Slaeh Nabhan was a top al Qaeda and Shabaab leader who has been indicted by the US for his involvement in the 1998 bombings at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Nabhan was indicted with several top al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. Nabhan served as Shabaab’s top military commander before US special operations forces killed him in a raid in southern Somalia in September 2009.”
1 December 2010 Last updated at 05:45 ET
“Uganda frees 18 World Cup bomb suspects”
SNIPPET: “A Ugandan court has acquitted 18 people charged over the World Cup bomb attacks that killed more than 70 people in the capital, Kampala, in July.
Three of those released, most of whom are of Somali or Kenyan origin, were re-arrested on separate charges.
State prosecutors said 17 other suspects would be tried on charges of terrorism, murder and attempted murder in connection with the bombings.
Somali Islamist group al-Shabab said it carried out the attack.”