The Somali Islamist group, Al-Shabaab, launched Saturday what it describes as a “final warning” before the closure of the Aden Adde airport in Mogadishu, threatening to retaliate against anyone violating their ultimatum.
“Since the airport is regularly used by U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies and also serves as a military base for the Ugandan and Burundian occupation troops, we, the Mujahideen of Al-Shabaab, have taken the decision to close to the airport,” said a press release published Saturday on the website of the resistance organization.
“The airport is a major source of the income for the Ethiopian forces who manage it,” said the document, adding that Al-Shabaab will begin to implement their decision to close Aden Adde airport Tuesday (16/Ramadaan/1429H or September 16th, 2008). According to the Al-Shabaab fighters, if their orders are ignored, they will then begin to stage attacks on the airport.
“We know that in the near future foreign soldiers are scheduled to arrive at Aden Adde airport, therefore, it must be closed,” the communiqué continued.
Al-Shabaab has delivered what it calls the utmost declaration, instructing all commercial airlines to refrain from landing their aircraft at Aden Adde airport in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The Ethiopian army, Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) leadership, and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) representatives, have yet to comment on Al-Shabaab’s plans.