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Hardline Somalis Ban U.N. Justice Group

Thursday, 17 December 2009 11:19 AM

MOGADISHU — Somalia's hardline Shebab insurgents said Thursday they had banned the operations of UN Mine Action, accusing the organisation of "disrupting peace and justice" among other offences.

The Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab said Mine Action, operating in southern Somalia which is under its control, was paying the salaries of government police forces whom they are battling in the capital Mogadishu.

"In addition to that, they have been attempting to disrupt peace and justice by bribing various community elders and inciting them to rebel against the Islamic administration," the group said in a statement.

"Furthermore, they have been surveying and sign-posting some of the most vital and sensitive areas under the control of the Mujahideen," it added.

Last month, the Shebab imposed 11 new rules on aid groups in the south-central Bay and Bakol regions -- the main humanitarian hubs.

Among the regulations were a ban on promoting democracy, firing all women workers, not taking Sundays off and removing all logos from the aid groups' vehicles.

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