Al-Shabaab expands its extortion scheme

Residents in some districts in the Hiiraan region are complain that the al-Shabaab terrorist organization is causing serious problems for traders and pastoralists in those districts. Although the organization learned long the deadly robbery, it was reported that the detention set a number of records that are unable to provide the animals forced al-Shabaab out of Somalia's collection weak.

Although al-Shabaab Is well known to systematically confiscate livestock from owners, it is reported that the group has exponentially increased those activities and is arresting those who can’t afford to pay “taxes” in form of livestock and farm produce. According to experts, this happens since the group is in a financial mess.  The group uses threats, intimidation and violence to extort money from Somalis and has previously forced those who could not pay taxes to give up their children to join the group's militia.


Families displaced by al-Shabaab in need of humanitarian aid

Al-Shabaab militants recently evicted poor people from Wanlaweyn district in the Lower Shabelle region and ordered residents to leave their homes immediately. These pastoralists, who live in villages under Duduma settlement near Wanlaweyne, have been forced to leave their livestock, livelihood and homes by al-Shabaab and the hardship they had to endure can only be imagined.

According to media reports, these families were forced to flee and their properties by al-Shabaab after accusing them of providing assistance to civilians previously displaced by the same terrorist organization. This is not the first time al-Shabaab has displaced civilians. In February this year, al-Shabaab set fire to homes in about 10 villages in the Lower Shabelle region after locals refused an order to leave.





Al-Shabaab attacks demonstrate hatred for civilians

The terrorist group al-Shabaab often carries out attacks in which civilians are the direct primary target.For more than 10 years, the bloodthirsty al-Shabaab group has carried out regular suicide bombings, abductions and shooting attacks inside Somalia.

The group has carried out countless assassinations of people who are useful to the community and the group's goal is to kill prominent figures in the community.On 14 October 2017, al-Shabaab militants carried out the group's deadliest attack inside Sobe Square.

Such indiscriminate attacks, which have left many children orphaned, prove that the deadly al-Shabaab organization is the number one enemy of the Somali people. In the last decade, more than 6,000 civilians have been killed in al-Shabab attacks, according to records compiled by independent groups. Other groups say that number is conservatively small and hospital records show 54,000 injuries from al-Shabaab attacks since the group emerged in Somalia. The group continuously vaunts the loss of innocent lives. An al-Shabaab spokesman had once stated that jihad comes before saving lives and tried to justify the killing of civilians. The group has by far caused the most civilian casualties, and has outdone Somalia’s general civil war statistics.


Villages liberated from al-Shabaab as military onslaught continues


The Somali National Army, backed by the South West region Administration, has recently killed five al-Shabaab members in an operation on the outskirts of Dinsor in the Bay region. Ibrahim Aden Ali, one of the officers who led the operation, told the media that the troops targeted an area where the militia was planning an attack on government forces.

The official also said that two senior terrorists were also killed, adding that SNA is  pursuing remnants of al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab has also been pushed out of key areas. Al-Shabaab militants have been pushed out of Bardhere and Beer-hano areas on the outskirts of Beledweyne, the regional capital of Hiran region, in a planned operation by the Somali National Army (SNA).

The operation was planned by the 5th Battalion of the 27th Division of the Somali National Army and the forces are now pursuing the Al-Shabaab militants who have mostly fled from several areas under the control of Beledweyne. The country's armed forces are conducting operations against al-Shabaab militants in most regions of the country and it is only a matter of time until we see the end of al-Shabaab.



Al-Shabaab committing genocide in Somalia


The murderous al-Shabaab group has been wreaking havoc in our country for so many years, attacking innocent civilians especially those it sees as being optimistic about peace and development. The group kills as many people as it sees fit to keep the nation away from developing and to encourage evil deeds. It targets intellectuals, scholars and theologians who preach to people the beauty of our religion and shunning away from a twisted version of Islam.

The blood-suckers have committed genocides through explosion attacks, targeted killings of civilians. It has displaced millions of Somali people who are already struggling with livelihoods and to make ends meet.

As al-Shabaab's overall power has been severely weakened in recent years, with many areas previously under its control liberated, the terrorist group has begun forcing the Somali people to pay extortion money that has no religious basis.

Al-Shabaab has now opted to attack hotels housing innocent Somalis, with the January 31st attack on the Afrik Hotel on the way to Aden Adde International Airport claiming innocent lives. The attack claimed the lives of many civilians, although Somali government security forces ended the deliberate attack on the Somali people.


Another al-Shabaab leader defects to government forces

The leader of the blood-thirsty al-Shabaab group in Farsooley district has reportedly defected from the group that lied about our religion. The defector was welcomed in Koryooley district in the Lower Shabelle region, after defecting from al-Shabaab blood-suckers. 

Koryooley district administration said that he made contact with them before he defected from al-Shabaab in Farsooley area. A statement from Koryooley district administration said, "After much effort, the leader of the ruthless al-Shabaab group in Farsooley has surrendered. He is the group's leader in Farsooley, Lower Shabelle region, and has surrendered to the Somali National Army based in Koryooley." "Soldiers met him and welcomed him to a village 2km from Koryooley, carrying his AK47 rifle and ammunition." 


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