Nairobi - Somalia's Shabaab threatened Wednesday
to step up militant attacks against Kenya, after Nairobi refused to pull its
troops out of Somalia.
The al-Qaeda linked Shabaab claimed responsibility for last
week's attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall, in which at least 67 people
died, with 39 more listed as missing by the Red Cross.
"We will strike Kenyans where it hurts the most, turn
their cities into graveyards and rivers of blood will flow in Nairobi,"
the Shabaab said in a statement.
"The Kenyan government's decision to keep its invading
force in Somalia is an indication that they haven't yet learnt any valuable
lessons from the Westgate attacks," the extremists added, warning that
Kenya was "inviting unprecedented levels of insecurity, bloodshed and
Kenya invaded southern Somalia to attack Shabaab bases two
years ago, and later joined the 17 700-strong African Union force deployed in
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said troops had
been sent to Somalia to restore order to their anarchic neighbour, and they
would not leave until the job was done.
"We will not be intimated, we will not be cowed,"
Kenyatta said. "We will stay there until they bring order to their
In turn, the Shabaab said it was "fully determined to
intensify attacks inside Kenya until the last KDF [Kenya Defence Force] boots
exit Somali soil", saying it had the "right to defend our land and
our people from enemy aggression".