Extremist Rebels Invite Bin Laden to Somalia

An extremist rebel group fighting in Somalia Hezbal Islam on Saturday announced for the first time that it will invite Al-qaeda Leader Osama Bin Laden to Somalia.

The group’s regional chief in Mogadishu Moalim Hashi Mohamed Farah told a press conference late on Saturday that they will invite the leader of the world’s largest terrorist network Alqaeda Sheik Osmana Bin Laden to Somalia.

“We are calling on all jihadists around the world to arrive in Somalia and help us defeat the puppet government and the Christian soldiers of African Union who are killing the Muslim Somalis” he said.

“The frontlines of war are more, the holy fighters who can not come to Somalia have to go to Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and Chechnya where they can join the Jihad” he stated.

“The arrival of Bin Laden will encourage Jihad in Somalia so we say him welcome to Somalia” he said adding that radio stations can not describe Jihadists from around the world as foreigners.

He said that all radio stations in Somalia are told not to describe the Holy warriors as foreigners other wise they will be dealt with in accordance with Islamic law. “AMISOM mercenaries are the only foreigners in Somalia” he added.

“There are more brothers who came to us from abroad and they are in the Jihad with us” he said. It is the first time that Hezbal Islam claimed it has foreign fighters and invited the Al qaeda boss to Somalia.

The group did not previously have direct contact with Al-qaeda, as its leader sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys urged Bin Laden last year to stop interfering in Somalia’s affairs saying that Somalis themselves will negotiate.

Meanwhile, Hezbal Islam’s Mogadishu governor Moalim Hashi ordered all Somali radio stations to stop airing songs and musical programs. “Islam doesn’t allow listening to music so we are ordering radio stations to adopt Islam and stop songs within ten days otherwise they will face tougher steps” he warned.

Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar is the NewsBlaze Somalia reporter. Shafi’i has extensive experience in journalism, international relations, and football management. He is the founder of Somali Sports Press Association, a long-time sports journalist and a member of the International Sports Press Association.

Shafi’i has a Master’s Degree in international Relations obtained at De Montfort University in Leicester and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Multimedia journalism from the University of Northampton. The photo shows Shafi’i in action while at CAF Centre of Excellence in Cameroon.