Mogadishu (Sunatimes) After a powerful bomb exploded outside
the headquarters of Dahabshiil in Mogadishu on Tuesday, hundreds of concerned
Somalis queued outside branches in southern Somalia to withdraw their money.
remittance receivers demanded their money from the financial institution but
many were unable to access their funds. In an effort to slow down people
cleaning out their accounts, Dahabshiil closed most of its branches in the
south of the country citing security threats.
denied disrupting services while down playing the looming financial woes.
Leaked information said the bank ordered to freeze all transfers until further
notice on Tuesday.
triggered by a remote-controlled device injured two guards and came hours after
verbal threats from al Shabab militants. Issued by Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu
Mansur, a senior commander, the threat also called on Somalis in much of
central and southern Somalia to boycott the financial institution.
was reechoed by another senior al Shabab leader, Mahad Warsame Qalley Karate,
head of the group's assassins. "Every six months, Dahabshiil used to pay
$500,000 (USD). They have refused to pay that money and insist on paying
$100,000. To make matter worse, they have joined with infidel governments to offer
rewards and bounty on the heads of Mujahideen leaders. This was
discovered by al Shabab intelligence," he said.
fearing for their lives this week urged their relatives abroad to send their
monthly income by other alternatives including other Somali money transfer
am fearful of visiting Dahabshiil branches because these guys (al Shabab) can
carry out suicide attacks at any given time," remittance receiver Mohamed
Haji told local Galmudug News.
It is not just Dahabshiil's Mogadishu branches who will be out of pocket. Their
clients in Bay, Bakol, Hiiraan, Lower and Middle Shabelle regions have not been
shielded from the threats.
from the Somali Federal government and its ally Ahlu Sunna group said the
explosion that rocked the bank's headquarter was an inside job. They revealed
that due to international pressure for Dahabshiil to come clean of its
links to al Shabab, the bank planted the bomb itself to make it appear that it
was under attack. It is believed that Dahabshiil has close working ties to “al Afghani” Ibrahim Haji Jama Mead (Ibrahim Afghani), a rival faction of
al Shabab to Mukhtar Robow.
recent times, Dahabshiil and Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland
have been accused of sponsoring terrorism by intelligence groups. The findings
have prompted the United States and the United Kingdom to both issue early this
year separate travel warnings to the breakaway state. The leader of Somaliland,
Ahmed Silanyo, was secretly asked to take practical steps against terrorism by
Western governments. Somali leaders including the Puntland region accused
Somaliland leadership of not being sincere in efforts to fight terrorism.
months ago, the minister of Presidency, Hirsi Ali Haji Hassan, released more
than eleven suspected terrorists from Somaliland prisons. The suspects include
the murderers of an Italian aid worker who was shot dead in 2003 in Somaliland
region. Hirsi, who is also a senior manager of Dahabshiil's subsidiary
telecommunication firm, SomTel, was arrested in 2008 on suspicion of terrorism.
and Ahmed Silanyo, who has shares in the bank, are feeling huge pressure from
the international community. The bank fears of its assets being frozen.
Galmudugnews.com in Somali Version, translate by Sunatimes.com