Thousands of Somalis are gathering at a militant-organised demonstration in support of the merger of the Somali militant group al-Shabab with al-Qaeda.

Al-Shabab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage told those gathered at Monday's rally that the al-Shabab is happy with its unification with al-Qaeda, a merger announced last week by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Several hundred people gathered at the rally, including veiled women and armed, masked men. Rage also said that an upcoming international conference in London on Somalia is being organised to “colonise” Somalia. — AP

Keywords: al-Qaedaal-Shabab

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