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Al-Shabaab hate video ‘threatens prominent British Muslims’

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British police have issued a warning on Friday to prominent Muslims in the UK of a video made by extremists linked to Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants.

London’s Metropolitan Police are investigating the YouTube video, which was released on Wednesday and has since been taken down off the site.

The hour long video reportedly threatens the lives of prominent British Muslims who the video claims are “enemies of Islam.”

“We are currently assessing its content. A number of individuals have been spoken to following the release of the video,” a Scotland Yard spokesman told Agence France-Presse.

London-based preacher Anjem Choudary has been identified as a leading British influence the Nairobi mall attack, according to the Nairobi Westgate shopping mall massacre last month.

The video’s title references the British soldier stabbed to death in Woolwich, London last May by two Muslim converts. They are expected to stand trial for the murder next month.

The video, narrated by the voice of a man with a British accent, urged Muslims to carry out attacks in Britain, according to reports, in addition to citing 11 British-based Muslims who the video said had died fighting for al-Shabaab.

(With AFP)