Eritrea denies arming Al-shabaab
02 November 2011, 17:20
Nairobi - Eritrea denied on Wednesday media reports that said it had delivered weapons in the past few days to Somalia's al Shabaab rebels who are fighting Kenyan troops in the south of Somalia.
"The government of Eritrea states categorically that these accusations are pure fabrications and outright lies as Eritrea has not sent any arms to Somalia," Eritrea's foreign ministry said in a rare statement.
The Red Sea state, accused in a U.N. report earlier this year of bankrolling the Islamist militant group and destabilising the wider region, rarely makes comments on its policies.
Eritrea said the accusations were based on a campaign of misinformation to undermine the country.
A Kenyan military spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday two consignments of arms had been flown into central Somalia, but declined to speculate where the cache had originated from.