Al-Shabaab militants banished from town after years of terror leave legacy of fear

The Times of London
Kismayo, Somalia

In the centre of Kismayo, beside a police station that served as a militant headquarters, is the tree-lined Liberty Square, where a tall column celebrating Somalia’s national heroes lies on the ground in dismembered chunks.

The square was a place for people to relax but al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-aligned extremists who controlled this city before being chased out a few weeks ago, saw it as a symbol of un-Islamic idolatry and a government they opposed. During al-Shabaab’s four-year rule, it was turned into a public punishment and execution ground. Continue reading Al-Shabaab militants banished from town after years of terror leave legacy of fear