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Somali rebels say famine an infidel hoax

For Somalia's al Qaeda-linked rebels, the drought devastating parts of the country is being exploited by external enemies, claiming that local Muslims were adequately addressing the crisis.

world Updated: Aug 02, 2011 23:49 IST

For Somalia's al Qaeda-linked rebels, the drought devastating parts of the country is being exploited by external enemies, claiming that local Muslims were adequately addressing the crisis.

Al-Shebab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage denied there was famine in the southern Somalia as declared by the United Nations, but admitted that there was drought.

In a speech to the rebel radio, Rage said: "We need Muslim people to be aware that the external enemy especially non-Muslims have been thinking of a new strategy.

"The new strategy is to transport them abroad, especially in Christian countries like Ethiopia and Kenya, so that their faith can be destroyed and that they could be staff and soldiers for the Christians," Rage charged.