Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – A Washington based Eritrean sponsored, opposition media (ESAT) openly congratulated Al-Shabaab for allegedly killing Ethiopian soldiers in Somalia. Leaders of the al-Qaeda linked Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab claimed that they killed 30 Ethiopian Soldiers along with Amisom forces in Dhubdhure town.
ESAT’s congratulatory message comes in the midst of the US warning of a possible terror attack inside Ethiopia and western interests in Ethiopia by the Somalia militant group.
In February 26, 2008, US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice designated Al-Shabaab and its aliases as a foreign terrorist organization.
Two years ago, the United States government began a new policy of offering financial rewards in exchange for information as to the whereabouts of Al-Shabaab members. On June 7, the U.S. Department of State put forth an offer totaling $33 million for the capture of seven of Al-Shabaab’s senior commanders, including a reported $3–$7 million per leader.
On July 5, 2012 the Obama administration announced sanctions on Eritrea’s intelligence chief and on a high-ranking military officer related to allegations of their support of Al-Shabaab. In December 2009, the United Nations Security Council imposed sanctions on Eritrea of arming and providing financial aid to militia group Al-Shabaab.
AU peacekeepers also reportedly captured some Eritrean soldiers and prisoners of war. In 2010, the UN International Monitoring Group (IMG) also published a report charging the Eritrean government of continuing to offer support to Al-Shabab.
In November 2011 the UN Monitoring Group repeated claims that Eritrea would support al-Shabaab. The report says that Eritrea gives US$80,000 each month to al-Shabaab linked individuals in Nairobi.
According to analysts, ESAT’s congratulatory message for a designated terrorist group is said to be an indulging surprise for their grand Ayatollah, Isaias Afeworki.
Ethiopian security forces have foiled a plot by Somali militant Al-Shabaab group to launch terrorist attacks in the capital Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian television announced on Tuesday.
An anti-terror unit said in a statement that a bomber had been arrested while trying to detonate a bomb.