Somalia’s Shebab fighters have warned they will “cut the throat” of members who shift allegiance from Al-Qaeda to ISIS, amid reports some factions have already been punished for doing so.
“If anyone says he belongs to another Islamic movement, kill him on the spot,” top Shebab official Abu Abdalla, said in a radio broadcast Monday. “We will cut the throat of any one… if they undermine unity.”
The Shebab, East Africa’s long-time Al-Qaeda branch, is fighting to overthrow the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu, which is protected by 22,000 African Union troops. The Islamists have lost much ground in recent years but remain a threat in both Somalia and neighboring Kenya, where they have carried out a series of attacks. Read more