Somali terrorists demand $100K from residentsMarch 16, 2014
Money Jihad has noticed that articles in an important, independent Somali news organization have a tendency to disappear over time (either due to flaws in their website or due to the legal threats to which their ownership is subjected). So information like this from Suna Times about al-Shabaab’s financing needs to be repeated on other websites like this blog in order to be preserved and disseminated more widely.
By the way, where would these poor townsmen get the money to meet al-Shabaab’s blackmail demands? Through their own hard work and through the remittances they have received from relatives living in the West. The remittances are stolen by al-Shabaab which fuels the cycle of violence. Yet critics still wonder why Western banks would dare to shut down remittance services to Somalia.
From Suna Times on March 3, 2014:
Al-Shabaab demands money from locals in El-der, Galgadud region
Al-Shabaab militant group in El-der town of Galgadud region has compelled local residents to contribute money for the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group.
The militant group has reportedly ordered residents of the town to pay 100,000 USD to support its militant activities.
Al-Shabaab’s Galgadud leader, Hassan Yakub Ali ordered the community leaders to implement the order, according to several residents who spoke to Suna Times.
Ali askedresidents to evacuate the town and prepare to fight alongside the militant group against the AMISOM and Somali government forces in the region.
Reports say that the militant group has deserted several bases in the area following the announcement of the offensive.