Somalia warns of attacks to revenge Godane death

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Somali soldiers stand guard at the main gate of the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, Wednesday, July, 9, 2014. Somali troops retook the presidential palace in the capital of Mogadishu after militants forced their way in and exchanged heavy gunfire with troops and guards Tuesday, the latest attack underscoring the threat posed by Islamic extremist group al-Shabab in east Africa. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)
Armed members of the Kenyan security forces march in single file along narrow paths leading through the dense swamp and forest, searching for the attackers, in the remote village of Kaisari, near Mpeketoni, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the Somali border on the coast of Kenya Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a nationally televised address Tuesday, blamed political leaders inside Kenya for carrying out two nights of deadly attacks that killed at least 60 people in coastal communities, saying that despite claims of responsibility from al-Shabab, the Islamic extremists were not behind it. (AP Photo)
Sheikh Muhammad Khalifa (C) Chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) addresses a press conference with others Muslim leaders on June 17, 2014 in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi following the massacre of over 60 people along the Kenyan coast in attacks claimed by the Somalia-based Shabab islamists. Kenya's top Muslim leaders warned Tuesday that Islamist attacks and a harsh government response risked dividing the country along ethnic and religious lines that could trigger a repeat of the deadly post-election violence six years ago even as al-Shabab claimed a new attack in which 15 people have been killed just 24 hours after Somalia's Shebab rebels massacred close to 50 people in the same area. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Friday, July 18, 2014 photo, a victim injured after an attack is carried on a stretcher to Malindi sub county hospital in Witu, Kenya. The Kenya Red Cross says seven people have been killed after gunmen attacked a bus along the Kenyan coast where previous attacks had left 87 people dead. The humanitarian group said Saturday the attack Friday night came at Corner Mbaya, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the coastal town of Witu. Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo)

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Somalia's government is warning that terrorists could strike back following the death of the leader of an Islamic insurgent group who was killed in a U.S. air strike Monday in southern Somalia.

In a televised speech Friday night, Gen. Khalif Ahmed Ereg, Somalia's national security minister, said the warning was based on credible intelligence that militants are planning attacks on key targets including medical and educational institutions following the death of Ahmed Abdi Godane.

Ereg says the government is vigilant and prepared its armed forces to prevent such desperate attempts. Godane had publicly claimed al-Shabab was responsible for the deadly Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya almost a year ago that left 67 people dead.

President Barrack Obama confirmed Friday that Godane was killed by the U.S. airstrike.

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