Telecom companies officially end Mobile internet services in Al-Shabaab held territories today
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Early in the morning all telecommunications companies in Al-Shabaab controlled regions discontinued providing Internet on cell phones, although some residents claim that in some regions the service discontinued last night.
The move comes after the fifteen days deadline issued by Al-Shabaab was nearing its end. A statement issued by the Al-Qaeda affiliated group earlier this month banned the use of Internet on cell phones and the prohibited the introduction of fibre optic Internet, the group decreed a fifteen day limit for telecommunications to discontinue providing Internet on cell phones or face the consequences.
According to Al-Shabaab, Internet on cell phones presented a security threat and was also cause in moral declination and thus saw the ban as “fit”.
The Somali Federal government has heavily condemned the ban and urged telecommunications companies not to give in to the demands of the Al-Shabaab movement.
Al-Shabaab are known to have banned several things in the past such as, khat, charcoal trading, satellite dishes and music. Some analysts argue that the fact that Al-Shabaab are able to ban and enforce bans are indicative that the group is still relatively strong in the areas they control.
Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab carried out an attack on Kismayo’s airport last night with mortars. The airport which serves as a current military base for the Kenyan Defense Forces is known to routinely come under attack by mortars fired by Al-Shabaab.