NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) – Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab attempted to kill Kenya’s former president and his prime minister between June and October 2012, Nairobi has said in its submissions to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in February on the maritime boundary case with Somalia.
A local Al-Shabaab network identified as Al Hijra also spied on former prime minister Raila Odinga, Kenya-based Nation newspaper has reported.
Kenya requested the ICJ to authorize it to file a new documentation and evidence it titled as “Plots against the state: President, Prime Minister and Parliament”, which detail attempted assassinations and other attacks the Islamists planned to carry out inside Kenyan territory.
“Al-Shabaab aspirations to violently overthrow the Kenya state predate the Kenya Defence Forces official incursion into Somalia in 2011,” reads the report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea pursuant to a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution in 2013.
Parts of a report filed with the UNSC in October 2014, cite an audio from Somalia by Al Hijra’s Amir in December 2010 that exposes plots against Kenyan leaders following Kenya’s troop incursion into Somalia in 2011.
The Al-Qaeda-affiliate has carried out multiple complex attacks in the East African nation, including the January 2020 assault on US military base in Manda Bay, which claimed the lives of 3 Americans and an unknown number of Kenyan personnel.
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