Some Aid Groups Assist Militants, Somali Official Claims

The general secretary of the Transitional Federal Government in Mogadishu, Somalia, has claimed that several aid organizations are assisting insurgent groups in the African country.

Abdikafi Hilowle Osman said aid agencies should stop giving aid to al-Shabab militants and assist refugees instead, Garowe Online reports. The official warned that the interim government will ban any organization that will continue to assist rebels, the independently-owned news website based in Garowe in the Puntland region, adds.

Among the aid groups named by the official are Muslim Aid, Islamic Relief and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Earlier this year, the al-Shabab accused three humanitarian aid groups of proselytizing and ordered them to shut down their operations in the country.

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