Zarqawi Groups Working in Kenya
Zarqawi Groups are being blamed for a grenade attack on the Prime Minister of Somalia. The attack came after Mohamed Ali Gedi announced plans of re-entering his lawless country that has been without a central government for 14 years:
Security authorities in Kenya are on high alert following information that members of two Islamist militant groups, al-Ittihad al-Islamiyya and al-Takfir wal-Hijra, may have already entered the country. According to a report in the Kenyan East African Standard [www.eastandard.net], both organizations are linked with Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi and are held to be responsible for last month’s attempt on the life of the Somali Prime Minister.
In that incident, as reported by the Somali online news site [www.somaliwide.com] a grenade exploded at the Mogadishu stadium just as Prime Minister Mohamed Ali Gedi was about to address a rally. Although the Prime Minister escaped unhurt, due to the timely intervention of a security guard, there were seven fatalities and 28 injuries.
The timing of that incident, and the warning of infiltration into Kenya, are significant, as they come at a time when the newly formed Somalian government in exile, formed under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and operating to date from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, is preparing to return to Somalia in a bid to accelerate the process of normalization in the country’s political life.
Somalia has been without a central government for over 14 years, but the May 4 attack on Prime Minister Gedi came the day after warlords and militia commanders gave their approval to a Mogadishu Security Plan, intended to serve as a blueprint for the demobilization and disarmament of the militias [www.somaliwide.com].
Jordan’s military court has ordered the Jordanian-born leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, and another suspected terrorist to surrender within 10 days to face charges of plotting deadly attacks.
Al-Zarqawi and alleged coconspirator Mohammed Qteishat are charged with plotting terrorist attacks in Jordan that killed one person. The court’s announcement did not provide further details.