@HSM Press the Twitter account of Somali militant group, Al-Shabab has been suspended by Twitter, after the militants Wednesday posted a video of two Kenyans said to be civil servants held hostage by the group.
Al Shabab said it will kill the two if the country does not release the muslims it has arrested over terrorism charges.
Al-Shabab has for nearly two decades now fought for total control of the country causing civil unrest and instability. In 2011 the Kenya Defence Forces stormed Somalia to end Al-Shabab’s dominion. KDF has forced Al Shabab out of Somali’s major towns though it still controls some rural areas in southern and central Somalia.
The Al-shabab signed up for an account in December 2011 as a counter-voice.
The al-Qaedia sub group this January announced via its Twitter account that it will kill French hostage, Denis Allex, an intelligence agent help hostage since July 2009. It announced again via Twitter that it had finally killed him though the French government believes its agent died in a separate raid with two other Frenchmen.
According to an Shabab senior media officer, enemies are responsible for the shut down as it overpowered all their massmedia online.
Pointing to Christians as enemies, the Al Shabaab aims to rule Somalia under its strict version of sharia law.
The voice also blamed the Kenyan government for it but government spokesman Muthui Kariuki said the government had not filed any such request.
He told Reuters:“It’s an emphatic no. We would not try to negotiate or have anything to do with the Al Shabaab. We didn’t even know the account was suspended.”