Al Shabab switches off telecommunication in parts of southern regions of Somalia


Al Shabab fighters in Somalia have switched off the telecommunication service of Hormuud Company in at last three southern Somalia regions under the group's control.

The cellphones telecommunication services of the company has been shut down since Saturday following the militants' order to switch off the telecommunication.

The affected regions are Lower Jubba where parts of it is currently under the Kenyan Army, Middle Jubba and the Al Shabab controlled areas of Lower Shabelle region including the town of Barawe which is Al Shabab's largest stronghold city.

People in Gedo region also said that the telecoomunaction cut off had eventually affected them on Sunday after the militant group stormed the centres of Hormuud Company.

It was unclear why the militants cut off the telecommunication but the decision came after the group's call to ban the mobile internet and Fibre Optic service later last month.

Al Shabab also demanded large amount of money from Hormuud Company which the company failed to pay and was followed by arrest of senior Hormuud employees in Jilib town.
Hormuud management have rejected to comment on the issue while contacted.