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Asharq Al-Awsat
Asharq Al-Awsat
Cairo - Khalid Mahmoud

Somalia Blocks Al-Shabaab Accounts on Social Media

Al-Shabaab militants sit outside a building during patrol along the streets of Dayniile district in Southern Mogadishu, March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Feisal Omar 

Somalia’s government has escalated its war against the extremist al-Shabaab Movement by blocking dozens of its accounts on various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, Tiktok and YouTube. 


Deputy Minister of Information Abdirahman Yusuf Adala revealed on Tuesday that more than 600 electronic pages for al-Shabaab will be deleted.


The ministries of information, communications, and internal security will impose this ban, Somali National News Agency SONNA quoted him as saying. 


Adala pointed out that the government is following up the terrorist cells and their attempts to publish the group’s ideology and false news.  


He affirmed that the terrorist militias have been suffering since President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud launched the military offensive against the extremists.


Mohamud announced on Monday that soldiers training in Eritrea will return to Mogadishu in late December. 


He made the remarks during his meeting with the Somali community in the US city of Minnesota.  


Mohamud underscored the importance of the army in building the government and fighting the al-Shabaab militias, which are affiliated with al-Qaeda organization. 


Meanwhile, a high-ranking al-Shabaab official and three other militants surrendered to the Somali National Forces in HirShabelle State on Monday. 


The armed forces also arrested eight militants who were hiding in the liberated areas of the Middle Shabelle region.  


The government said it is committed to care for those who abandoned the al-Shabaab’s ideology, as part of its fierce war against terrorists 

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