Reports have emerged of how al Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities. In addition, trucks using roads in al Shabaab controlled territory pay Sh180,000 for each trip. Al Shabaab actualised this threat on January 20 when they destroyed the main communication mast supporting Elwak town. Most people only listen to al Shabaab radio stations or get news from al Shabaab lectures which go on for hours and which all must attend. "From the al Shabaab perspective, they are still trying to portray themselves as defenders of the Somali identity and Islam.
Source: The Star March 08, 2018 12:56 UTC