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Take part in suicide missions instead of sending foot soldiers, former Shabaab leader tells group

Storyline:National News, Security
Former Al-Shabaab deputy leader Mukhtar Robow donating blood in aid of victims Saturday terror attack in Mogadishu. Photo: Goobjoog News

Former Al-Shabaab leader Mukhtar Robow has dared the group’s leaders to participate in suicide missions instead of sending their foot soldiers if they hold true to their convictions.

Reacting to Saturday’s terror attack which has so far claimed 276 lives and more than 60 others still missing, Robow condemned the attack and urged Al-Shabaab adherents to desist from their actions.

“To young suicide bombers, you have the repentance doors open now before it is too late. If your mission is correct then let your leaders or their sons come and carry out the action,” said visibly angry Robow after donating blood in Mogadishu.

Robow who surrendered to government in August after falling out with Al-Shabaab in 2013 described the Saturday attack as horrendous adding the group was responsible for the attack though it is yet to claim responsibility.

“What happened here was barbaric massacre and I cannot be comprehended. I told them about 10 years ago you guys stop this [suicide bombs] in the country. They fought me. Same happened in Shamow hotel, Skins and Hides ministry, a mosque in Bakara market. This is not the way to heaven,” said Robow.

Al-Shabaab has remained mute despite claiming credit in previous attacks.