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Al-Shabab threatens to disrupt Somalia’s elections

The Islamist militant group Al-Shabab in Somalia has threatened to attack delegates in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in the Horn of Africa nation.

Al Shabab leader Ahmed Abu Ubaidah, Tuesday (20/7), said they opposed the electoral process and threatened the election delegation.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack that killed dozens of delegates during the last election process in 2017.

Abdisalam Gulaid, former deputy director of Somalia’s intelligence agency NISA, said the latest threat was aimed at creating a climate of fear among those involved in the election.

He said the new threat by the group to the country’s upcoming historic elections should not be taken lightly, and he expressed the need for a coordinated response. He said that while the threat would certainly have an impact on elections, the group would not achieve its main goal of halting the democratic process in the Horn of Africa nation.

Somali security forces in collaboration with African Union troops in Somalia (AMISOM) are ready to ensure the safety and security of elections. [lt/em]

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