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Al Shabaab leader confirms Westgate mall attack

26 September 2013, 07:49

Mogadishu - The Al-Shabaab leader has for the first time confirmed claims by members of his group that it was behind the attack on Westgate shopping mall that killed at least 67 people and destroyed part of the complex.

In an audio posted on the al Shabaab-linked website www.somalimemo.net on Wednesday night, Ahmed Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu al-Zubayr, said the attack on the mall was in retaliation for Kenya's incursion in October 2011 into southern Somalia to crush the insurgents.

"Take your troops out or prepare for a long-lasting war, blood, destruction and evacuation," Godane said in the message, apparently directed at the Kenyan government.

- Reuters


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