Al-Shabaab holds large festival in Barawe
Al-Shabaab today held large festivals in the territories under their control which local residents participated in. The insurgent group holds these types of festivals every year in honor of the Eid celebrations. Thousands of locals attend these festival as Al-Shabaab tries to win the hearts and minds of the Somali population who live under the territories they control.
One such festival was held in the coastal town of Barawe, where games and competitions where held and winners were given prizes. Placards were also held up bearing anti-occupation slogans, threatening Kenya & praising the Westgate attack. The festival was attended by men, women, children, tribal elders and high profile Al-Shabaab leaders.
Barawe fell in the hands of Al-Shabaab in 2009 and until this day remains an Al-Shabaab stronghold. It has been the scene of several raids by special forces, from the killing of Saleh Al-Nabhan by special forces outside Barawe to the most recent SEAL raid early this month on a beach housed believed to have been housing high profile Al-Shabaab leaders.
Below follow some pictures of the festival in Baraawe that Harar24 managed to obtain.