Hormuud services disrupted in Bay region

9 Dec 2014

The mobile telephony services of Somali telecoms company Hormuud Telecom (HorTel) have been disrupted in the south of the country by militant group Al Shabaab, according to a report by Garowe Online. Al Shabaab ordered the shutdown of Hormuud’s telecoms systems in the Dinsoor and Ufurow districts of Bay region, as Somali government forces aided by African Union peacekeepers press ahead with their military campaign in central and southern parts of the country. At the start of this year CommsUpdate reported that the rebels had ordered telecoms operators to comply with a ban on the provision of internet services or face attacks. Shortly after, Hormuud’s operations were disrupted in the regions of Lower Jubba, Middle Jubba and Lower Shabelle, including the town of Barawe, after it failed to meet the militant group’s financial demands.

Somalia, Hormuud Telecom (HorTel)