Inside al-Shabaab’s secret prisons

Details have recently been obtained of al-Shabaab's bloodthirsty prisons in areas under its control. An al-Shabaab member, Farhan Mohamud, exposed the severe punishment and torture in the prisons.

Farhan said the bloodthirsty group owns and operates various prisons that punish people in various ways, and these prisons were established in 2008, killing many of those inmates while also maiming others. Al-Shabaab prisons are run by the rag tag group, and some of the victims are foreigners who have joined al-Shabaab and have been accused of not being loyal to the ideals of the group of exterminating locals in Somalia. 

Similarly, Zubeyr al-Muhajir, a former defector to the Somali government and al-Shabaab defector, said there was widespread torture and ill-treatment in al-Shabaab's secret prisons. Zubeyr said al-Shabaab members record videos of people being punished as evidenced by the brutality of the killer organization so as to create fear among its members. 

Zubeyr, who was himself tortured, said many people confessed to crimes they had not committed and were sentenced to death. Most of al-Shabaab and bring the public is a crime to show off, tortured to confess to their crimes to create fear and pandemonium among the general populace. 

 

 

Several Al-Shabaab tax collection centres destroyed

The Somali government has recently destroyed several checkpoints used by the ruthless murderous group al-Shabaab to extort money from civilians and public transport vehicles using the road in Lego town.

During the operation, the government seized motorcycles used by al-Shabaab insurgents to plant landmines in public roads, according to officials involved in the operation.

After destroying the bases, the forces began conducting regular searches to stabilize the area’s security in the Lower Shabelle region, and are searching for members of the al-Shabaab group. The Somali National Army (SNA) is conducting various operations to eradicate the anti-peace group and is flushing them out from their hideouts in Lower Shabelle region.

 

Study reveals how brutal al-Shabaab is to the rural population

A new study that was recently released has shown how brutal al-Shabaab is when collecting money from poor small-scale farmers and livestock herders in the areas the group still controls.

It revealed how the murderous group how the small-scale farmers, who barely make profit from their small produce, are taxed twice during harvest and again when being sold at the market.

The study conducted extensive interviews and all the people interviewed for the study described al-Shabaab taxation as harsh, brutal, unfair, and illegitimate. One  taxpayer referred to al-Shabaab taxation as the work of a “Mafia group that has left any pretenses of being an Islamist group”. The group is brutal in its tax collection according to one small-scale farmer in Fidow in Hiiran region. He described how he is forced to pay tax every month and once yearly and a third time when the blood-sucking group is short in cash called infaaq.

“These are just terms that they created in order to extort the maximum amount of money they can from poor Somalis who have already been devastated by famine and an endless war,” said the farmer.

According to the new study, individuals refusing to pay al-Shabaab are forced to shut down their business, change their contact information, or flee the country. When individuals blatantly refuse to pay taxes to al-Shabaab, the group carries out targeted killings of the business owners who refuse to comply with its demands. The study describes as "brutal" the way the group extracts money from the rural population. "Fear and a credible threat to their lives is the only motivation that drives al-Shabaab taxpayers," the study says.

 

 

Study reveals how brutal al-Shabaab is to the rural population

A new study that was recently released has shown how brutal al-Shabaab is when collecting money from poor small-scale farmers and livestock herders in the areas the group still controls.

It revealed how the murderous group how the small-scale farmers, who barely make profit from their small produce, are taxed twice during harvest and again when being sold at the market.

The study conducted extensive interviews and all the people interviewed for the study described al-Shabaab taxation as harsh, brutal, unfair, and illegitimate. One  taxpayer referred to al-Shabaab taxation as the work of a “Mafia group that has left any pretenses of being an Islamist group”. The group is brutal in its tax collection according to one small-scale farmer in Fidow in Hiiran region. He described how he is forced to pay tax every month and once yearly and a third time when the blood-sucking group is short in cash called infaaq.

“These are just terms that they created in order to extort the maximum amount of money they can from poor Somalis who have already been devastated by famine and an endless war,” said the farmer.

According to the new study, individuals refusing to pay al-Shabaab are forced to shut down their business, change their contact information, or flee the country. When individuals blatantly refuse to pay taxes to al-Shabaab, the group carries out targeted killings of the business owners who refuse to comply with its demands. The study describes as "brutal" the way the group extracts money from the rural population. "Fear and a credible threat to their lives is the only motivation that drives al-Shabaab taxpayers," the study says.

 

 

Al-Shabaab completely abandons key strategic town

 

The blood-sucking group al-Shabaab is reported to have completely withdrawn and abandoned the key town of Elbur in Galmudug state, Somalia. Residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisals, confirmed the evacuation of the murderous militants in the town.

The residents’ added al-Shabaab withdraw because of an upcoming offensive by the Somali National Army (SNA) in Elbur town. Reports indicate that Galmudug forces and SNA are preparing to take over Elbur and other areas where al-Shabaab has been harassing the Somali people for decades.

The group, which lied about our religion, suffered a major setback, with senior leaders, including Abdikadir Komandoos, recently killed in Sakow. The murderous group now has no freedom to carry out operations that threaten the security and peace of the Somali people. Security analysts predict that al-Shabaab's power will not recover and that we are now in the throes of its death bed. 

 

How the youth has realized al-Shabaab’s lies and deceptions

 

The murderous group al-Shabaab has been forcing the Somali youth to join their ranks by kidnapping and indoctrinating them in special schools after it lost those who joined the group voluntarily. 

According to al-Shabaab defectors, the group’s members have realized how they have been misled and enticed into joining a group that fought for their religion. After joining the group, they found out that they were being used by their leaders to nourish themselves at the members’ expense.  

After the Somali government offered amnesty to Shabaab defectors, a centre to rehabilitate them was established and the youth in the centre are made up of mostly those who were forcibly recruited by the group and others who voluntarily joined. Speaking of his experience, Abdirahman, one of the youths in the centre said he was kidnapped in front of his parents.

“My parents were told to choose between giving out their livestock, giving cash donations or giving up their child for recruitment. They could not afford two of those options. The only option that was left was to give me up at gun point,” he said.

All of the defectors in the centre in unison stated their defection was prompted by the atrocities al-Shabaab is committing against innocent civilians and how they could no longer tolerate their people being ostracized.  

 

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