Al-Shabab, the deadly military Jihadist in Somalia, on Saturday, chose, Sheikh Ahmad Umar Abu Ubaidah, as replacement for its killed leader, Ahmed Godane.
Godane was killed in a drone strike by the United States, which is working in tandem with the Somali government to root out the Islamic fundamentalists. The Islamic fundamentalists have vowed a reprisal attack to atone for Godane’s death.
Reuters quoted Al Shabaab, whose name means “The Youth”, as vowing to avenge the killings of Godane and two others in its hierarchy.
“Avenging the death of our scholars and leaders is a binding obligation on our shoulders that we will never relinquish or forget, no matter how long it takes,” al-Shabab said.
Little known Ahmad Umar Abu Ubaidah reportedly hails from the Dir clan as Godane. There are insinuations the new leader may not possess the clout Godane had. Al-Shabab has made Southern Somalia its fortress, but the wave of attacks through the combined military operation from the African Union Command and the Somali troops have forced the group to relinquish part of its formerly conquered territories. The planned reprisal means the group has spurned the 45-day ultimatum the Somali government gave its fighters to embrace an amnesty offer.