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Somali Islamist insurgents threaten US attack

world Updated: Dec 27, 2010 21:40 IST
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A leader of Somalia's Islamist insurgency has threatened to attack America. Fuad Mohamed "Shongole" Qalaf said in Monday's radio message that US President Barack Obama must convert to Islam or Somalia's al-Shabab militia would seek to launch attacks in the United States.

Al-Shabab has not yet launched an attack outside Africa but Western intelligence has long been worried because the group targeted young Somali-Americans for recruitment. About 20 have traveled to Somalia for training.

The militia launched coordinated suicide attacks in Uganda in July that killed 76 people. It has also announced its allegiance to al-Qaida and is believed to be harboring a mastermind of the twin 2008 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.