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 in a statement aired on Andulus, one of its radio stations, late 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," the 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,
Al-Shabaab regularly attacks convoys and bombs civilians in Somalia.
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