- - Thursday, February 9, 2012

SOMALIA

Shebab terrorists join al Qaeda in blow to ‘crusaders’

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Somalia’s extremist Shebab fighters have joined ranks with al-Qaeda, terror network chief Ayman al-Zawahri announced in a video message posted on jihadist forums on Thursday.

“I will break the good news to our Islamic nation, which will annoy the crusaders, and it is that the Shebab movement in Somalia has joined al-Qaeda,” Zawahri said in the video released by al-Qaeda’s media arm As-Sahab.

Shebab’s leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, told Zawahri, “We will move along with you as faithful soldiers.”

Shebab insurgents, fighting to overthrow a fragile Western-backed government in the war-torn Horn of Africa country, control large parts of central and southern Somalia.

UNITED KINGDOM

Judge sentences nine Muslims on terrorist charges

LONDON | A British judge on Thursday sent nine men to prison for terms of more than 16 years for plotting to bomb the London Stock Exchange and to set up a terrorist training camp.

The British Muslims all pleaded guilty last week as their trial was due to begin at London’s Woolwich Crown Court.

Mohammed Chowdhury, 21, Shah Rahman, 28, Gurukanth Desai, 30, and Abdul Miah, 25, admitted planning to plant a homemade bomb in the stock exchange’s toilets. Two others admitted lesser charges.

Judge Alan Wilkie said the defendants should be regarded as dangerous. He sentenced the six men to between five years and 16 years, 10 months.

Three other defendants admitted planning to set up a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and were given “indeterminate,” or open-ended, sentences.

Mr. Wilkie said Mohammed Shahjahan, 27, Usman Khan, 20, and Nazam Hussain, 26 “regarded themselves as more serious jihadis than the others.”

SOUTH AFRICA

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