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Somalia bans media from using ‘al-Shabab’ name

Somali government has banned journalists from using the word al-Shabab to refer to the armed group fighting the government and instead ordered them to refer to the group as “the group that massacres the Somali people”.

Speaking to journalists in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, country’s intelligence chief Abdirahman Mohamud Turyare said the al-Qaeda-linked rebel group deserves to be called the name.

“The name al-shabab means ‘The Youth’ and that is a good name. We will not allow that good name to be tarnished,” Turyare said.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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