Somalia’s intelligence agency says it blocks WhatsApp groups used by Al-Qaeda-linked militants



MOGADISHU, Somalia: Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency said Tuesday it has for the first time managed to shut down 20 WhatsApp groups allegedly operated by the extremist group Al-Shabab for extortion and intimidation.
NISA in a statement said its cyber division had identified what it described as the virtual hubs for illicit activities by East Africa’s Al-Qaeda affiliate.
The agency said it also disabled data services for approximately 2,500 phone numbers associated with them.