Al-Shabaab militant group are planning to attack Djibouti warns Britain


JiboutiJune 13, 2014 – Britain has warned that Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab militant group is planning further attacks in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti.

“There are credible reports that Al-Shabaab plans have the capability to attack important targets in Djibouti particularly Western interests,” said the Foreign Office.

The reports further says that due to the Djibouti troop’s contribution to AMISOM in Somalia and harboring of western interest inside its soil Al-Qaida linked group see it as an important target.

“Western interests within Djibouti and country’s participation in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia may be seen as a legitimate target by Al-Shabaab militant group,” the Foreign Office statement said.

Last month one person was killed and several others wounded when two suicide bombers blew themselves in a restaurant, the first attack in Djibouti to be claimed by the Al Shabaab since it joined the AU force in 2011.

The group said the attack was carried out in retaliation for Djibouti’s hosting of the United States military base in its soil.

Britain has this week also released travel advisory to citizens in several East African nations including Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda, who all have troops in Somalia.

Al-Shabaab militant group has carried out terror attacks in Kenya and Uganda previously for retaliation against the presence of their forces inside Somalia.