Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Somalia: Ethnic Somalian with Norwegian Passport, 60, Identified as Suicide Bomber

According to AFP, Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shebab rebels on Wednesday (March 19) identified a suicide car-bomber who detonated his IED in a town captured by African Union troops as an ethnic Somalian by the name of Abdullahi Ahmed Abdulle, 60, who also held Norwegian citizenship.

The detonation occurred in Buulo Burde in southern Somalia on Tuesday (March 18) and targeted a hotel crowded with army officers and was simultaneously followed by an armed assault by al-Shebab gunmen, leaving several dead. 

According to al-Shebab military spokesman Sheikh Abdul Aziz Abu Musab, the car-bomber of Buulo Burde derived considerable pride in combating the enemies of Allah." 

Norway's PST intelligence service said they were investigating the report.

COMMENT: One lesson-learned from the aforementioned attack is that ethnic Somalians continue to provide al-Shebab an endless supply of devoted Muslims, regardless of age, willing to martyr themselves for Islam.

Another reality is that perhaps a significant minority of the Muslim faith is devoted to the establishment of sharia law on a global scale, which is a clear and present threat.   

The car-bomb attack is the latest by al-Shebab, launched in apparent retaliation for a new offensive to root them out of areas of the war-torn country still under their control.

The UN-backed African Union force this month launched a fresh offensive against al-Shebab bases, with gunmen largely fleeing ahead of the assault, only to later stage guerrilla attacks.

Al-Shebab fighters once controlled most of southern and central Somalia, but withdrew from fixed positions in Mogadishu two years ago.

Another Norwegian citizen of Somalian origin, Hassan Abdi Dhuhulow, 23, is named in Kenyan court documents as being one of the four al-Shebab attackers who stormed Nairobi's Westgate mall six months ago, in which at least 67 people were killed.