An angry member of Hawaadley community in Middle Shabelle has killed an Al-shabaab commander tasked with levying tax on the locals.

The Somali National News Agency reported that the community member used his spear to kill the commander when the latter was involved in what locals describe as extortion. Al-shabaab, a proscribed group, collects tax in villages not controlled by the federal government of Somalia.

Two years ago locals in several Middle Shabelle villages formed self-defence groups known as Ma’awisley to resist Al-shabaab incursions in their villages.

A group of Al-shabaab militias reportedly arrived at Hawadley to arrest the spearman, who is still at large.


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