Fuad Shongole said in a speech broadcast on the rebels’ radio on Wednesday that al-Shabab fighters would carry out jihad, or holy war, in Uganda and Kenya “and afterward, with God’s will, to America.”
The U.S. Embassy in Uganda recently said it is upgrading security because of an increased threat of terrorism.
Al-Shabab this week carried out an ambush in northeastern Kenya that killed nine people, including four police officers and three police reservists.
In September last year, suspected al Shabaab terrorists attacked Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, staged a siege lasting several days which left at least 67 people dead. Four years ago, a twin-terror strike in Kampala by elements believed to be linked to the same Islamic fundamentalist group left at least 80 people dead in the Ugandan capital. Al shabaab later claimed the strike was in retaliation for Uganda’s participation in Amisom, the AU force established to pacify Somalia.