The leader of the Somali radical Shebab, Abou Obaida Ahmad Omar, called to strike “American and French interests” in Djibouti, accusing the head of state, Ismaël Omar Guelleh, in power since 1999, of having made the country a base where “strikes against Muslims in East Africa” are planned.
In a video broadcast on Saturday evening, less than two weeks before the presidential election (April 9), where Ismaël Omar Guelleh is building a 5th term, the leader of the Shebab estimated that the latter “transformed Djibouti into a military base from where every war against Muslims in East Africa is planned and executed ”.
To this end, he called on the country’s Muslims to “make American and French interests in Djibouti the absolute priority of (their) targets”.
Note that Djibouti is home to many foreign military bases, including the only permanent American base in Africa (4,000 soldiers), just as it hosts the largest French contingent in Africa (around 1,500 soldiers).
In addition, the country is providing a contingent to the African Union force in Somalia (Amisom), which is fighting the Shebab Islamists there.
In May 2014, a suicide squad attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in Djibouti, killing one and injuring at least twenty.