Al-shabab intelligence chief not dead – Al-shabab spokesman

Al-shabab intelligence chief not dead – Al-shabab spokesman

- The militant group denies that its Intelligence chief is dead

- The group spokesman says Kenya is trying to get back at them for the recent attacks on the country

- Al-shabab, which is part of Al-quaeda has killed thousands of people.

Al-shabab intelligence chief not dead – Al-shabab spokesman

A file photo of the militant group

Islamist group al-Shabab has denied media reports   that its intelligence chief has been killed in a Kenyan air strike in southern Somalia.

The reports  were sparked by the the Kenyan army that Mohammed Karatey and 10 other al-Shabab commanders were killed in the strike on 8 February,  but the Militant group al-Shabab, which is part of al-Qaeda, said Karatey was alive and there had been no attempt on his life.

The Kenyan army said Karate was at an al-Shabab camp to preside over the passing out parade of dozens of recruits, including suicide bombers, when he was killed.

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The spokesman of the group attributed the Kenyan army claim to the fact that it is trying to win public support for its military campaign in Somalia by alleging he had been killed, a spokesman for the group said on local radio.

Perhaps Kenya’s statement started after Al-Shabab said it had killed about 100 Kenyan troops in the attack on base in southern Somalia's el-Ade town on 15 January.Kenyan confirmed the attack, but declined to give casualty figures. It has since carried out a series of strikes targeting the militants in Somalia.

More than 40 other militants were also killed when the camp, between the towns of Buale and Sakow, was targeted, the army added. Last April, the US State Department designated Karatey, also known as Abdirahim Mohamed Warsame, as a terrorist.

Mohammed Karatey, played a key role in last month's deadly attack on a Kenyan military base in neighbouring Somalia. He played a major role in the massacre of 147 people - mostly students - at Kenya's Garissa University last year, it added.

Kenya contributes more than 4,000 troops to the 22,000-strong AU force that is in Somalia helping the UN-backed government battle al-Shabab, which is part of al-Qaeda. Its troops first entered Somalia in 2011 in an effort to stop the militants from carrying cross border attacks and kidnapping people.

Al-Shabab, which is fighting to establish an Islamic state in Somalia, was ousted from the capital, Mogadishu, in August 2011, but still has a presence in large areas of southern Somalia and often stages attacks across the country.

 

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