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Jubaland bans full-face veil for security reasons
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Jubaland bans full-face veil for security reasons

Authorities in the Jubaland regional state of Somalia have announced a ban on wearing the female religious attire called Niqab. Speaking to the media Jubaland police boss Mohamud Abdi Hujale said the decision was a question of security and designed to prevent terrorists from using the Niqab as a disguise. ‘’This measure has been taken because of security reasons and all residents are requested to adhere it, and work with the authorities’’ he said. Jubaland previously imposed a ban on Niqab wearing for security reasons, authorities fearing that Al Shabab could use them as a disguise. In the past, al-Shabaab militants used suicide bombers hiding their explosives beneath loose clothing to carry out scores of attacks.