How does the militant youth movement collect “more revenue from the government” in Somalia?

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  • Mary Harper
  • Africa Editor

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Al-Shabaab has been fighting the UN-backed government in Mogadishu for more than a decade

A recent report indicated that the militant Al-Shabaab movement in Somalia is collecting money that matches that of the official authorities, using intimidation and violence.

The Heral Institute, which specializes in security affairs, said that the militants collect at least 15 million dollars a month, and more than half of the amount comes from the capital, Mogadishu.

Some companies pay the money to both the militants and the internationally recognized government alike. Al-Shabab has been fighting the government for more than a decade.

The movement controls a large part of southern and central Somalia, but it has also managed to extend its influence in areas controlled by the government based in Mogadishu.

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