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Al-Shabab bans mobile phone money transfers in Somalia

18 Oct

Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has ordered mobile phone companies to stop their popular money transfer services, saying they are “unIslamic”.

Mobile phone banking was introduced in the northern Somaliland region in 2009 and has now spread across the country.

Al-Shabab and its allies control much of southern Somalia and one mobile phone company official said he had “no option but to obey” the order.

Despite years of conflict, Somalia’s telecommunications sector is thriving.

Mobile phones are a common sight in the capital, Mogadishu, and three companies currently offer mobile phone banking.

But the al-Qaeda linked group has given them three months to stop.

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Posted by on 18 October, 2010 in GENERAL

 

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