Twitter shuts down Somalia’s extremists, again

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia.  (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 file photo, al-Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor, File)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Twitter has for the second time this year shut down the main Twitter handle of al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked terror group, less than 24 hours after a U.S.-based terrorism expert reported violations of Twitter’s terms of service.

The closure comes only days after al-Shabab claimed a failed assassination attempt against Somalia’s president and tweeted that the next time the president wouldn’t be so lucky.

Al-Shabab uses Twitter mainly to make claims of enemy kills and to spread its view of events in Somalia and East Africa. A United Nations report on Somalia released last month said U.N. experts believe the person running the account is British.

Twitter in January suspended al-Shabab’s previous account after the group used the platform to announce a death threat against Kenyan hostages.

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