Somalia: Jihadists set off bombs in Mogadishu, promise more before Ramadan ends

“I am afraid the remaining nights of Ramadan will be the worst for Mogadishu. They have managed to indoctrinate many fighters to die in the holy month.” Ramadan: the month of jihad.

“Islamist militants attack Somali capital, plan more before Ramadan ends,” by Abdi Sheikh for Reuters, August 4 (thanks to Maxwell):

(Reuters) – Islamist militants set off several explosions in the Somali capital on Sunday, their spokesman said, demonstrating the rebels’ ability to attack the heart of government-controlled areas despite security gains.

The guerilla-style attacks were typical of al Shabaab rebels who have waged a six-year campaign to impose their strict interpretation of Islamic law on the country.

The militants had fired five mortar shells and hurled several grenades, wounding at least two women, senior police officer Abdiqadir Mohamud said.

Somali security forces responded with volleys of gunfire, witnesses said. Casualty numbers were thought to be low.

“We started a massive military operation across Mogadishu at dusk. It will go on until tomorrow morning,” said rebel spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, promising more attacks over the next few days as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends.

Al Shabaab said late last month the rise in coordinated attacks conducted by its fighters pointed to its enduring strength and at the time warned of more attacks in Ramadan.

The African Union peacekeeping force, known as AMISOM, has struggled to control areas won back from al Shabaab. The central government extends little influence beyond the capital where security has improved since peacekeepers flushed the militants out of their bases two years ago….

“I am afraid the remaining nights of Ramadan will be the worst for Mogadishu,” local elder Farah Bulle told Reuters. “They have managed to indoctrinate many fighters to die in the holy month.”

The blasts came just as people broke the day’s Ramadan fast.

“We heard big crashes while we ate iftar (the evening meal). We ran inside with our plates, taking cover from what sounded like mortar shells,” mother-of-three Fatuma Osman told Reuters by telephone from Mogadishu’s “Kilometre 5″ district….

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  1. says

    It appears that all over the world, jihadists are trying to score extra bonus points before ramadan ends.

    The civilised world has sports competitions. Jihadists has bombing/killing/maiming competitions.

  2. says

    From the article:

    “… impose their strict interpretation of Islamic law.”

    How many more times do we have to read nonsense phrases such as this?
    _______________________________________________

    Shariah is unbending. There is no such thing as “interpretation”.

    And that is because Satan doesn’t interpret. He can speak Latin, but he doesn’t read it – just like Mohammed…he speaks lies, he codifies into a monstrosity called “The Shariah”, but there is no improvising, no riffing on God – only variations of death and mayhem.

  3. says

    With all the different article about the terrible things about Islam on the internet site jihadwatch does being up the question. “Just is Islam ?” The answer to that question is that Islam is a religious/political/ cultural system of tyranny that controls the minds and lives of millions of people around the world. Thus in the light of this the wisdom of the words of Thomas Jefferson very much apply here. For Mr.Jefferson has stated “I have sword upon the alter of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny overtheminds of men.”

  4. says

    That the followers of Islam actually belive the irrational absurd and far-fetched ,nonsensicaL teachings of the Quran brings to mind the proberbs from Benjamin Frtanklin’s POOR RICHARDS ALMANACK which explains “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”

  5. says

    Jihadists set off bombs in Mogadishu, promise more before Ramadan ends

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    Yeah and this is a “promise” they intend to keep …

    murder and mayhem is what *defines* islam and company.

  6. says

    Salah,
    Can you explain why violence increases during and after Ramadan?

    I know Muslims are encouraged to read the Koran intensely during Ramadan. Does that lead to a desire to implement the violent and cursing ayas? Is it caused by hearing fiery sermons by guest preachers? What is your personal opinion on this?

  7. says

    Somalia: Jihadists set off bombs in Mogadishu, promise more before Ramadan ends

    “I am afraid the remaining nights of Ramadan will be the worst for Mogadishu. They have managed to indoctrinate many fighters to die in the holy month.” Ramadan: the month of jihad.
    …………………………………….

    Ramadan *is* the “month of Jihad”.

    And recall: Somalia has very few Infidels of any sort”it is virtually 100% Muslim. So the pious Jihadists are attacking their “insufficiently Islamic” coreligionists.

    And since the “government” is the old Jihadist “Islamic Courts” faction, we find not just Muslims attacking Muslims in Somalia, but Jihadists *attacking other Jihadists*.

    Some of this is just jockeying for power, of course”but much of it is also an ever-spiraling search for “Islamic purity”, with homicidal consequences for those found wanting.

    Actually, the push for power and for Islamic purity are inextricably linked in Islam.

    Mortimer wrote:

    Can you explain why violence increases during and after Ramadan?
    …………………………………….

    Mortimer, I know that your question was directed at Salah. But here’s my take: any faction usually becomes “more itself”, so to speak, during holidays.

    Americans become even more American while celebrating the Fourth of July. Christians become more Christian during Christmas and Easter.

    Christmas is marked by charitable giving, and a special concern for children and the poor.

    Since Islam is a creed of violent Jihad, it stands to reason that Ramadan is marked by especially marked outbursts of savagery.

    Imams have described Ramadan as “The Month of Jihad”.

    While that might mean quiet contemplation for a few Muslims, overall it means an even greater commitment to oppression, terror, and violence by those Muslims who take their sanguinary creed most seriously.

    This doesn’t just happen in Somalia”Ramadan is a period of increased violence over much of the Muslim world.