May 15, 2011
al Shabaab taxing business people in Afgoye, L0wer Shabelle
Afgoye — Al shabaab, which is in fighting in several frontlines in Mogadishu, southern and central Somalia, on Saturday, imposed strict financial orders on the businessmen in Afgoye town in Lower Shabelle region in south of the country.
Witnesses said that the officials of the group held a meeting local traders discussing to support their battles against Somali government and AMISOM forces.
After the meeting, the traders of small business stalls were ordered to pay amounts ranging between 20 and 40 $.
The officials of Al shabaab also ordered the businessmen with big stories and big businesses to pay 200 or 100 $.
Also, the IDPs, who live in the former government building in Afgoye town, about 30 km southwest of Mogadishu, have to give 10 up to 20 US $.