Recent Al-Shabaab attacks have brought to light a disturbing pattern. Despite them denying targeting devout Muslims their attacks and actions show a different picture. The Somali-based terror group seeks to establish a fundamentalist Islamic state in the country that it hopes will ultimately expand to encompass the whole Horn of Africa.
In their effort to actualise this agenda the terror group has continued to conduct terrorist attacks in and outside of Somalia. It has left in its wake numerous human rights violations including Mass Murder. According to ACLED (the Armed Conflict, Location, and Event Data Project) More than 4,000 civilians have been killed in al-Shabaab attacks since 2010.
The majority of the deaths were in Somalia – where the population is almost entirely Muslim. More than 3,000 of the deaths have occurred since 2015. For a group claiming to serve the interests of devout Muslims, they have a lot of Muslim blood in their hands. In recent weeks in a town called Adan Yaabaal in the middle Shanelle region,
Somalia, Alshabaab publicly executed a man they said was a spy. Saturday 2nd May 2020 also carried with it another attack on peacekeeping troops in Marka Town despite it being the Holy month of Ramadan. In the states, they have control over within Somalia they extort and charge civilians “Protection Fees”. These “taxes” as they call them have rendered the mostly Muslim communities unable to make a profitable business.
Mohamud Abdi a former seafarer says they couldn’t operate their business independently due to Al Shabaab interference and had to pay a fee to be allowed to go out to sea, drastically crippling profits and interfering with their way of making a living. On Oct. 14, 2017, a truck bombing intended for a Turkish military training facility in Mogadishu, exploded at a busy intersection, killing at least 587 people. Most of whom were Muslim civilians.
Whatever their agenda, the Al-Shabaab seems to be dealing their deathly hand indiscriminately, bringing into question, whose side are they truly on?