Kenya Islamic Group Claims Ties To Al-Shabab

Published January 15, 2012 11:45AM (EST)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An increasingly vocal Islamist group says its leader has been appointed to represent an al-Qaida-linked Somali militia in Kenya, a development that underscores the dangers Kenya faces from Somalia's insurgency.

The statement this week by the Kenya-based Muslim Youth Center came amid a flurry of warnings from embassies about planned terror attacks in Kenya. The Somali militant group al-Shabab has promised to attack Kenya for its decision to send troops to Somalia in October.

The Muslim Youth Center was named in a U.N. report last year for recruiting, fundraising, and running training and orientation events for al-Shabab. The Wednesday statement published on the center's blog said that Amiir Ahmad Iman Ali is the lead of al-Shabab inside Kenya.

By Salon Staff

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