SOMALIA: Internet shutdown reported in Mogadishu & southern Somalia

A Somali man browses the internet on his mobile phone at the beach along the Indian Ocean coastline in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, January 10, 2014. Somali rebel group al Shabaab has banned the use of the Internet in the Horn of Africa country, giving telecom operators 15 days to comply with the order, the militants said. “Any company or person who fails to comply with the rule will be dealt with according to the Islamic sharia,” the group said in a statement posted on the Internet. REUTERS/Feisal Omar (SOMALIA – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS) – RTX178KT

Internet services have been cut in several towns in southern and central Somalia, reports say.

Residents in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and other towns in central and south of the country reported that internet services have been unavailable since 10 a.m. today.

No one knows who ordered or carried out the shutdown, but it comes amid political tension in the country after Parliament on Saturday ousted Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre in a surprise vote of no confidence.

President Farmajo immediately accepted the parliament’s move and appointed a caretaker premier, Mahdi Mohamed Guled.

Kheyre’s ouster was criticised by the US Embassy in Somalia and condemned by opposition political parties.