Al-Shabaab has in the last one week burnt down a total of 12 trucks that were carrying goods destined for Afgoye town, Lower Shabelle. The trucks that were carrying charcoal were stopped at a checkpoint manned by al-Shabaab militia when they were shortly torched and burnt down crippling innocent businessmen.
This is an intimidation and the display of the consequences businessmen face for not paying taxes to al-Shabaab. The group has imposed an illegal form of taxation and it uses religion as an excuse.
The checkpoints are meant to mint money to nourish al-Shabaab’s leadership and it often goes to the pockets of individuals.