A spokesman for Somalia’s Islamist Shebab rebels confirmed Saturday that the group’s fighters were behind an attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall, telling Kenya to withdraw its troops from Somalia.
“The Christian government of Kenya invaded our country in October 2011 killing many innocent civilians with their military jets,” Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage said in a statement.
“We have warned Kenya of that attack but it ignored (us), still forcefully holding our lands… while killing our innocent civilians,” Rage said in the statement.
“This led the Mujahedeen to wage revenge attacks on Kenya. Today a unit of the Shebab Al- Mujahedeen attacked an important centre for Kenya, taking control of it,” he added.
“If you want Kenya in peace, it will not happen as long as your boys are in our lands,” the statement said.
The statement confirmed a claim of responsibility issued earlier via the group’s Twitter account.