Experts reject Somalia claim of UAE role in Mogadishu bombing

Somali soldiers stand near damaged vehicles after a car bomb blew up in Mogadishu on March 22, 2018. Experts on Somalia doubt the claim by the Somali intelligence agency that a “foreign country” planned the December 28, 2019 attack in Mogadishu. PHOTO | MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB | AFP

What you need to know:

  •  Shabaab has reaped considerable profits from the charcoal trade which is prohibited under UN sanctions.

  • A UN report last year estimated the wholesale value in the UAE of illicit Somali charcoal exports to be $150 million a year.

  • The UAE has also been displeased with the Somalia government's diplomatic support for rival Gulf state Qatar.

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