An Islamist militia controlling parts of Somalia has banned the use of the internet for fear of spying and surveillance on its operations in the
Internet providers must sever services on mobile phones and using fibre optic communications within 15 days, al-Shabaab said on Andulus, one of its radio stations, on Wednesday.
Companies refusing to comply with the ban "would be seen as collaborating with the enemy and necessary steps would be taken against them in compliance with sharia, or Islamic law," its statement said.
Al-Shabaab controls mainly rural areas in central and southern Somalia, but there was concern that the internet ban could have a wider effect.
"Some of the main antennas transmitting the signals belong to companies here in
Somalia's largest telecommunications operator,
AU peacekeepers in Somalia and Kenyan troops have stepped up their operations against al-Shabaab, which is believed to be linked with
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