UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. envoy to Somalia is warning that al-Shabab militants are expected to do everything they can to derail elections next year and is urging military forces to prepare to respond to any sign the Islamist group is benefiting from its links to extremist groups in Yemen.
Nicholas Kay told the U.N. Security Council by videoconference on Tuesday that he hopes the coming weeks will see even closer counter-terrorism cooperation among the 193 U.N. member states, including measures to prevent and counter violent extremism.
He said renewing the joint African Union-Somali offensive against al-Shabab "is an urgent priority."
Ambassador Maman Sidikou, the AU special representative to Somalia, called the security situation in the country as one "with an elevated terrorism threat."
"We will be reinvigorating operations against al-Shabab," he said.