Somalia Government Warns Traders Against Complying With Al-Shabaab Orders.

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Somali Security Ministry on Tuesday warned traders not to comply with orders Al-Shabaab issues to them. Speaking to the media in Mogadishu, spokesman of the Internal Security Ministry Mr. Abdiaziz Ali Ibrahim, said, Mogadishu is under the control of the government.

“We can’t accept the traders to comply with the orders of Al-Shabaab, while the security of Mogadishu is in the hands of the federal government’s security forces” said Mr. Ibrahim. “The Ministry of Internal security warns the owners of football pitches in Mogadishu, not to comply with the stories that were shared by people and private media houses last week”, he said.

Mr. Ibrahim said that anyone found sending money to Al-Shabaab will be prosecuted.

“There are investigations going on and any party that is found to have sent money to them through mobile money transfer, money remittance companies or banks,  will be taken before the military court” said Mr. Ibrahim.

“We are warning traders and private companies not to comply with threats from the terrorist group we have mentioned” he added. The Ministry has warned football pitch owners in Mogadishu against adhering to any order issued by Al-Shabaab in the past week dictating they should close the pitches.

Source Radio Dalsan

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