Suspicion has fallen on Eritrea. It would not be the first time Eritrea has been accused of supporting the Somali jihadists, even provoking U.N. sanctions. “Kenya claims Somali rebels receive third weapons airdrop,” from Agence France-Presse, November 2:
Kenya said Wednesday that Somali Islamist rebels had received a third planeload of armaments, as its forces prepare to push forward against the Al-Qaeda-linked militants in the war-torn nation.
Kenyan soldiers and tanks pushed into Shebab-controlled southern Somalia some two weeks ago to fight the insurgents and curtail their ability to launch cross-border attacks.
“We’ve had a positive confirmation that there was another landing of another aircraft with weapons,” army spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir said. The reports could not be independently verified.
Two aircraft landed Tuesday delivering ammunition and weapons to the extremist Shebab, Chirchir said, adding he would not comment on where the weapons were coming from.
“We are concentrating on how to disarm the enemy,” he said.
Eritrea has been accused of supplying arms by air and sea to the Shebab rebels, but Asmara has repeatedly denied all claims.
“These claims are pure fabrications … Eritrea has not sent any arms to Somalia,” the Eritrean foreign ministry said in a statement Wednesday.
“Eritrea’s sole interest in Somalia is to see peace and stability return.”