Somalia's Shabaab militants ban residents from using smartphones

A woman walks down the street just after sunrise in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on a street cleared of traffic for a security operation, on May 25, 2013. Al Shabaab militants have banned residents from using smartphones in Lower Shabelle, a region south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. Photo/File

What you need to know:

  • Residents who declined to be named for security reasons say that no person from the general public is allowed to use smartphones.
  • The militants, who are also loyal to Al-Qaeda group, had earlier prohibited people from watching televisions connected to satellite dishes in areas under their control.
  • In areas under Al-Shabaab control, no radio is allowed to broadcast music. Businesses selling pictures, films or musical stuffs are also not allowed.

Al Shabaab militants have banned residents from using smartphones in Lower Shabelle, a region south of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

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