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Isis: New terrorist group Jahba East Africa pledges allegiance to ‘Islamic State’ in Somalia

The jihadist group hailed a ‘new era’ in East Africa
Lizzie Dearden


A new terrorist group has pledged allegiance to Isis as it continues to expand its presence in East Africa.

A group calling itself “Jahba East Africa” announced its alliance on Thursday, hailing a “new era” in the region.

In a statement, militants gave bayah (an oath of allegiance) to Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and recognised him as the “rightful Khalifa (leader) of all Muslims”.

The group’s name is previously unknown but there were hints in the statement that its supporters may previously have been part ofal-Shabaab.

Jahba East Africa criticised the group, which is linked to al-Qaedaand controls swathes of Somalia, as well as launching attacks in Kenya and other countries in the region.

“We in Jahba East Africa are advising all East Africans to leave al-Shabaab and their sponsor groups, like Al-Muhajiroun, Al-Hijra and Ansar Islam,” the statement said.

“Like Al-Shabaab the sponsor groups have not understood the binding obligation of the Khalifah (caliphate).

“We are telling the mujahideen in East Africa that al-Shabaab has now become a psychological and physical prison.

“To pledge bayah to Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is freedom for the mujahideen in East Africa and opportunity to wage jihad according to the Sunnah against the


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