The Al-Qaeda branch in Somalia, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, has declined an offer by the terror group Islamic States (ISIS/Daesh) to join the caliphate movement in Middle East and Africa.
Abu Ubeidah, the leader of the Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement, pledged to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2015.
Through a twitter account run by Al-Hijra the Kenyan arm of the Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, the terror group made a statement telling off Boko Haram and ISIS.
In the statement, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen claims that Boko Haram and ISIS objective is to cause Islamic upheaval and that they do not represent Islam.
Intelligence reports show that Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen has rounded up 43 of its foreign fighters (mujahirs) and 5 clerics who have voiced support for ISIS agenda.
“These developments are indicators of divisions in the terror group. The main group agitating for an ISIS alliance is the young cluster of fighters. They want more violence. This a threat to Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen. If they lose the fighters to ISIS, Al-Shabaab fighters will be bunches of old and tired fighters who can’t fit in the violent ideology of suicide attacks against civillian, government, and military targets.”
The Al-Qaeda branch in Somalia, Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen continues to conduct attacks against AMISOM troops, government soldiers, and civillian targets by detonating suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED)