Nairobi - A spokesperson for Somalia's Islamic extremists says their rebels will fight the British troops that are to be deployed to the country as peacekeepers.
Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for al-Shabaab, said on the the group's radio on Tuesday that their fighters would welcome the British troops with bullets and drag beheaded British soldiers through the streets.
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His comments were in response to British prime minister David Cameron's pledge last month that as many as 70 British military personnel could be sent to Somalia to bolster a United Nations-backed mission to support the Somali government against the extremists.
It would be the first time Britain has formally joined the international contingent backing the African Union's long-running efforts against al-Shabaab, which is linked to al-Qaeda.