Killing thousands of people in terror attacks is apparently fine for one group of Islamic jihadists.
Just don’t use plastic bags for any reason.
As strange as it may sound, the Somali militant group al-Shabaab is actually banning the use of plastic bags out of concern for the environment.
Members told media in east Africa that discarded plastic bags “pose a serious threat to the well-being of humans and animals alike.”
According to Metro, Al-Shabaab’s radio station Radio Andalus reported the group’s governor in the Jubaland region of Somalia, Mohammed Abu Abdullah, made the decision.
Al-Shabbab, which is tied to al-Qaida, has already banned Western music, movie theaters, satellite dishes and smartphones.
Raffaello Pantucci, counter-terror expert at the Royal United Services Institute, or Rusi, told Metro the move was designed to show the world the group has the ability to govern.
“Other East African governments have banned plastic bags and this ban is al-Shabaab’s attempt to show their people that they too can implement laws and govern like any legitimate ruler,” Pantucci said.
“It’s quite ironic though that the same group has been involved in the banned ivory trade to fund its terror activities across the Horn of Africa.”
Perhaps the terrorists were inspired by the city of Seattle, Washington, in America.
A city ban on plastic straws and utensils in bars and restaurants took effect Sunday, as it looks to cut down on waste and prevent marine plastic pollution.