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Somalia renames ‘Al Shabaab’ ‘Ugus’ as Kerry visits


Kerry sets foot in Mogadishu


Authorities in Somalia have directed the media to give Al Shabaab a new name – UGUS – or ‘Organisation for the Annihilation of the Somali People’ or “the group that massacres the Somali people”.

Speaking to journalists in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, country’s intelligence chief, Abdirahman Mohamud Turyare, said the al-Qaeda-linked rebel group deserves to be called Ugus.

Turyare said the name Al Shabaab which means “The Youth” is too clean to be given to murderers.

In the same vigour, the Al Shabaab spokesman told Aljazeera that the “Somalis should call their government UGUS or ‘the group that humiliates the Somali people’.”

“We see this as a weakness from the apostate government. No one has a right to insult us. Anyone who calls us names we will respond appropriately,” warned the terrorists.

The terrorists who last week gunned down journalist Daud Ali Omar and his wife at his home in the south-central town of Baidoa, threatened to deal with any reporter who dares calls them names.

Since 1992, 56 journalists have been killed in the horn of Africa country.

On a lighter note, the first U.S. Secretary of State has arrived in Somalia on a surprise visit.

Kerry will meet Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the prime minister, provincial leaders and civilian groups, U.S. officials said, but they did not say where meetings would be held for security reasons.

Kerry becomes the first high ranking official to visit a country where U.S. troops supported a humanitarian mission in 1992 but were humiliated.

The United States pulled its forces out of Somalia after the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident when a U.S. helicopter was shot down over Mogadishu, killing 18 soldiers.

A senior U.S. State Department official told reporters that the visit would send a strong signal to al Shabaab that we are not turning our backs on the Somali people and will continue to engage with Somalia until we bring al Shabaab terror to an end.

Kerry will also meet the African Union peace-making force AMISOM for fighting al Shabaab.

In February, Washington named Katherine Dhanani as ambassador to Somalia.

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