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MOGADISHU - Islamic extremists in Somalia have threatened suicide attacks against an African Union peacekeeping force that is to begin deploying in the war-ravaged country in a few days.
"We promise we shall welcome them with bullets from heavy guns, exploding cars and young men eager to carry out martyrdom operations against the colonial forces," said a statement posted on an Islamic website by a newly formed extremist group known as the Popular Resistance Movement in the Land of the Two Migrations.
"The Ugandan troops and those from the other African states who are being sent to Somalia are in our eyes no better than the Ethiopians who are occupying our country by force," said the statement, signed by Harith Aba-Sadiq, who described himself as the "Organizer of Mogadishu People's Resistance." Though insurgents have threatened to attack peacekeepers before, this is the first time they have specified countries and the types of attack they will launch. - Sapa-AP