The terror group Al-Shabaab has banned single-use plastic bags in areas of Somalia under its control, arguing that the waste is bad for the environment.
Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen ("Mujahideen Youth Movement) is a jihadist fundamentalist group based in East Africa. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to the militant Islamist organization Al-Qaeda. Al-Shabaab has been designated as a terrorist organization by Australia, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States
According to PJ media, Al-Shabaab's Radio Andalus reported that the terror group's governor in the Jubaland region, Mohammed Abu Abdullah, said discarded plastic bags "pose a serious threat to the well-being of humans and animals alike."
Al-Shabaab didn’t inform how the ban would be implemented was not detailed. But BBC‘s coverage of the ban noted that because of “widespread fear of the group’s use of violence“, people usually do what they tell them to do.
The aim of the group is to introduce Sharia law in Somalia. Ironically, as the al-Qaeda allies have been long funding their nefarious activities through the illegal ivory trade.
Somali militant group announces ban on single-use plastic bags