September 17, 2009 / 11:27 AM / 10 years ago

Somali rebels say attacked AU to avenge Nabhan

MOGADISHU, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Somalia’s al Shabaab rebels said two suicide car bombs targeting African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Mogadishu on Thursday were their revenge for the U.S. killing of a most wanted al Qaeda militant this week.

Kenyan-born Salah Ali Saleh Nabhan, 28, was killed on Monday during a raid by U.S. special forces in southern Somalia. He had been wanted over the 2002 bombing of the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Kenya that killed 15 people.

"We have got our revenge for our brother Nabhan. Two suicide car bombs targeting the AU base, praise Allah," al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told Reuters in Mogadishu.

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