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Shabaab gets third planeload of arms

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A third shipment of arms has been made to Al-Shabaab, the Somali terror group that Kenyan troops are fighting, military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir has said.
“We can positively confirm that another aircraft with weapons has landed in Somalia,” he said.

The arms are believed to have originated from Eritrea, which the United Nations and the international community has accused of arming the militants.

The weapons delivered are for retaliatory attacks against Kenyan troops. The military has announced that it will launch airstrikes to destroy them.

“We are concentrating on how to disarm the enemy,” Maj Chirchir was quoted by AFP as saying.

Eritrea, which seceded from Ethiopia and has fought a war against it, has supported Somali groups that are opposed to Ethiopia.

On Wednesday, Eritrea issued a statement denying arming Al-Shabaab and accused its bitter enemy, Ethiopia, of fabricating the reports.

“The Government of Eritrea states categorically that these accusations are pure fabrications and outright lies as Eritrea has not sent any arms to Somalia,” the statement read
The Eritrean authorities claimed they have never advocated a military solution to the Somali problem, but a Somali-owned political process “inclusive of Somaliland, Puntland and all other key stakeholders.”

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