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Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujahideen (HSM) claimed responsibility for a huge blast targeting Ethiopian troop stationed at the beledweyne city’s regional headquarters last Tuesday, when an insurgent fighter named Mohammed Abdi Hassan rammed the building with a mini bus laden with explosives.
“There was a heavy explosion that shook the whole the city”
Said local security official Mohamed Osman speaking to AFP news agency .
Witnesses told the BBC that the building guarded by Ethiopian troops and fighters from Shabelle valley Alliance (SVA) militia has collapsed.
“preliminary information we received states 33 soldiers have been killed and 72 injured which includes enemy officers, 2 Ural troop transporters and a jeep have also been destroyed”
claimed HSM military spokesman sheikh abu mus’ab.
an English language statement released by HSM stated;
“Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen pledges to continue such blessed operations and shall employ all possible methods in order to repel the coalition of Crusaders from all parts of Somalia.”
This is not the first time beledweyne witnessed attack of similar magnitude , in June 2009 a 17 year old Al Shabaab insurgent Mohamed Sheikh Derow Aden AKA Al-zubeyr (Pictured), drove a Toyota laden with explosives and detonated it at medina hotel, resulting in the death of then TFG interior minister Col. Omar hashi aden and other top officials including Somalia ambassador to Ethiopia Abdulkarim Ibrahim Lakanyo.
The following Translated audio was released by Somalimemo website; a news website sympathetic to the insurgent group.
“And do not say about those who are killed fighting in the Path of Allaah that they are dead. Rather, they are alive!” [Quran 2:154].
(Nasheed (arabic poetry)
In the name of Allah, my name is Mohammed Abdi Hassan, i joined (Jihad / Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen) in 2006, my (ultimate) goal is the pleasure of my lord who created me, my message to the infidels who dared to invade Muslim lands, by god! You shall not benefit, Allah willing we shall come to you in your homes and the areas you claim.
The crimes you commit will not be forgotten, and we shall exact our revenge upon you when we reach your areas, and we shall treat you like you treat the Muslim mothers and venerable children.
My message to the Mujahideen be patient and hopeful, god willing, you will be rewarded, for persevering, enduring the searing heat and going through difficulties god willing you will be rewarded with paradise.
I say to muslims in the country, by god! you will not benefit you buying land , accumulating wealth and exporting to Dubai and Nairobi (all that) will not benefit you. We say to you, pick up your arms, defend your religion and you shall succeed, because when you engage in battle it is one of two things; either Allah gives martyrdom replacing this world for that of which much more bountiful and comfortable; but if you remain alive, you shall live in honour and glory whilst also returning to your wives children, property and then you shall (return to your) trade without hindrance.
May the peace ,mercy and blessing of Allah be with you.
(Nasheed (arabic poetry)
Original audio of Mohammed Abdi Hassan last will (Somali)
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