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Kenya 'destroying mobile phone masts in Somalia'

Monday August 26, 2019

Kenya forces are accused of destroying Hormud telecommunication Center in Alibuley village north of Dhobley. Troops are also accused of torturing one of the staffers. It’s the second time Kenya forces targeted the Center, first time was in August 2018.

The Somali government has accused the Kenyan military of destroying mobile phone masts in the south of the country, where Kenyan troops are deployed in the fight against the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.

It wants the African Union to intervene and investigate the attacks which seem to be aimed at preventing the militants from communicating.

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The Kenyan authorities have not commented on the allegation.

Somali telecoms firm Hormuud issued a statement on Saturday, saying there had been 12 such attacks in the Gedo region disconnecting up to 4,000 people.

It is clear that the Somali government is furious with the Kenyan military.

On the state broadcaster's website, Telecommunication Minister Abdi Anshur Hassan said "an enemy" had openly attacked the Somali economy.

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