Source: The Associated Press/The Washington Post
The al-Qaida-linked Somali insurgency says all oil exploration contracts in northern Somalia are void, and announced a new group in the region had joined its forces.
The announcement by al-Shabab comes weeks after a consortium of oil companies announced they were drilling a well in the semiautonomous northern region of Puntland.
The messages come as al-Shabab is being squeezed on three sides in southern Somalia. Kenyan and Ethiopian troops have both crossed into Somalia, and an African Union force has mostly taken control of the capital.