Al-Shabaab, Somalia largest terrorist organisation, is engaged in an economic war — and it is the country’s business sector that is getting hurt in the crossfire. Somali businessmen and local people on the ground are saying the rival Islamist groups are targeting companies, to an unprecedented degree, with demands or so-called taxes.

Al-Shabaab has already strong-armed business owners for years to finance its war against the Somali government, African peacekeepers, and the West. Now Al-Shabaab is stepping up its demands as pro-IS groups are apparently trying to fund their own activities by copying Al-Shabaab’s tactics of pay-up-or-pay-the-consequences.