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Somalia's Shebab rebels appoint new leader

The Shebab militant group claimed responsibility for the September 2013 massacre in the Kenyan capital's Westgate mall, a four-day seige in which at least 67 people were killedSomalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants on Saturday announced the appointment of a successor to their former leader who was killed in a US air strike. The group also vowed to avenge the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane and said they would continue their fight to topple the country’s internationally-backed government. The statement from the group, posted on jihadi forums and verified with Shebab officials, came after Somalia’s government warned of a wave of retaliatory attacks. The Horn of Africa nation’s president also offered Shebab fighters a chance to lay down their arms and seize on a 45-day amnesty, telling them government troops and the African Union’s AMISOM force were on the brink of overrunning their territory.

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