. . .As strange as it may sound, the Somali militant group al-Shabaab is actually banning the use of plastic bags out of concern for the environment. . .
According to Metro, Al-Shabaab’s radio station Radio Andalus reported the group’s governor in the Jubaland region of Somalia, Mohammed Abu Abdullah, made the decision. . .
Raffaello Pantucci, counter-terror expert at the Royal United Services Institute, or Rusi, told Metro the move was designed to show the world the group has the ability to govern.
“Other East African governments have banned plastic bags and this ban is al-Shabaab’s attempt to show their people that they too can implement laws and govern like any legitimate ruler,” Pantucci said.
“It’s quite ironic though that the same group has been involved in the banned ivory trade to fund its terror activities across the Horn of Africa.” (Read more from “Plastic Bag Ban: Terrorists Care More About the Environment Than Women” HERE)