Don’t they realize who their friends are? “Islamist rebels vow to attack UN offices in Mogadishu,” from Xinhua, October 10 (thanks to James):
MOGADISHU, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — Somalia’s Hezbul Islam rebel group on Saturday threatened to attack UN offices planned to be reopened in Mogadishu, and ordered local and international non-governmental organizations to register with it, officials of the Islamist group said.
The group, which controls parts of central and southern Somalia, said it would carry out attacks on UN offices once the plan to reopen them in Somalia’s capital was carried out.
The Somali government and UN officials this week discussed ways of relocating the UN Somalia office, currently in Nairobi, Kenya, to Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. They agreed that the offices will be reopened after expert advice on the issue was considered.
Spokesman for Hezbul Islam, Mohamed Osman Arus, said his faction would target the UN offices in Mogadishu and “escalate” the attacks against the Somali government forces and African Union(AU) peacekeepers in Mogadishu if the offices of the UN was relocated to the capital city.
The group accuses the UN of supporting the Somali government and the nearly 5,000 AU peacekeeping soldiers deployed in Mogadishu, which the rebel group considers as an invasion force.
The UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) and other UN agencies that support the fragile Somali government have their offices and staff in neighboring Kenya because of the deteriorating security situation in Somalia….