Somalia: Islamist group invites Al Qaeda boss, bans music

MOGADISHU (Mareeg) — Hizbul Islam rebel group led by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys invited Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda to Somalia on Saturday and banned music from radios to broadcast. 

Speaking to the reporters in Mogadishu, Moallim Hashi Mohamed Farah, a senior leader of Hizbul Islam rebel group said they invited Osama to come to the country if he could and also called Jihadists in the world to come and join their fight against the Somali government and the African Union troops.

He warned against the journalists to call the foreign Jihadists coming outside Somalia as foreigners. He added that they know the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as foreigners, but not the foreign fighters.

Moallim Hashi Mohamed Farah (File photo)

Moallim Hashii said his group ordered local radios to stop playing music and songs with in 10 days and added that they would punish the radio which defies the orders.

Most of Mogadishu based radios play music and songs. Al Shabaab already banned music and songs in areas under their control but not in Mogadishu.

It is widely believed that more than 600 foreign fighters are currently fighting along side al Shabaab and Hizbul groups.

Mareeg Online

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