Terrorism Africa News
Hamada Ould Mohamed Kheirou, presumed leader of the black African armed jihadist group that recent broke with AQIM threatened France through a video shown to a AFP journalist Tuesday.
“We again declare war on France, which is hostile to the interests of Islam,” Kheirou said in Arabic, wearing dark glasses and with his head wrapped in a turban. “The jihad (holy war) will be exported everywhere it is necessary and for God, we must be ready for anything.”
The video contained photos of a Spanish man and woman and an Italian woman who the group calling themselves Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MOJWA, featured in their communique announcing their split with AQIM a couple of weeks ago. The Europeans are assumed to be those kidnapped late in October from the Sahrawi refugee camp near Tindouf in southern Algeria.
The group also stated, in Tuesday’s video, that their agenda was “to impose sharia (Islamic law) across the whole of west Africa.”
Little is known about this group. Mauritania recently issued an arrest warrant for Hamada Ould Mohamed Kheirou in connection with his previous activities with AQIM.