'Kill African Union peacekeepers'

MOGADISHU - A radical Islamist leader in Somalia, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, yesterday called for more suicide attacks against African Union peacekeepers in the country.

MOGADISHU - A radical Islamist leader in Somalia, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, yesterday called for more suicide attacks against African Union peacekeepers in the country.

"I also call upon the people to carry out more attacks against the African forces; they came to Somalia to assist our enemy, kill them in any way possible and use suicide attacks to kill them," he said.

The Hezb al-Islam official was speaking at a public prayer at Elashabiyaha, west of Mogadishu, marking the end of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival.

Twenty-one people, including 17 peacekeepers, died in Mogadishu on Thursday in a twin car bomb attack claimed by a Somali insurgent group. - Sapa-AFP

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