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Al-Shabaab threat downs mobile internet in Somalia

January 24, 2014 • East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, North Africa, Top Stories

Al-Shabaab has banned the use of internet through mobile handsets and fibre optic cables in Somalia (image credit:http://moonofthesouth.com)

Al-Shabaab has banned the use of internet through mobile handsets and fibre optic cables in Somalia (image credit:http://moonofthesouth.com)


A report posted by Sabahi news says on Tuesday this week Al-Shabaab, following an ultimatum issued to telecommunications companies, forced a shutdown of mobile internet service in certain areas.

The areas mentioned include Bulo Burde, Halgan, Mahas and Jalalaqsi. The UN-funded Radio Bar-Kulan is quoted as claiming that internet via Hormud Telecom could not be accessed.

In early January Al-Shabaab banned the use of internet through mobile handsets and fibre optic cables in the country, located in the Horn of Africa. At the time it gave telecommunication companies 15 days to comply.

In a statement released to the local media, the organisation said, “In a statement issued to local media. “Any individual or company that is found not following the order will be considered to be working with the enemy and they will be dealt with in accordance Sharia law.”

Somali authorities and citizens are reportedly unified in their condemnation of the restrictions.

Chris Tredger – Online Editor

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