Al-Shabab this week set a 15-day deadline for the telecoms, whom the group accused of being "enemy collaborators." The two affected mobile operators that offer 3G data service declined to comment.
Al-Shabab said the service "corrupts the morals of society" and allows the enemy "to know your movements." Al-Shabab said mobile internet services allowed the targeting of some fighters, an apparent reference to drone strikes or other military operations.
Its statement said the decision comes amid "the spying scandals practiced by the Americans," according to a translation by the intelligence service SITE.
More recently, the Nigerian military in May cut all cellphone communications in northeast
In Somalia, many of al-Shabab's harsh social rules — strict dress codes and rules on watching TV, for instance — result in a lack of support from average Somalis. Mohamed Ali, a resident in
"I am not surprised but that decision is meant to take Somalia backward," said Ali.
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