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Somalia has issued a ban on Christmas celebrations following the footstep of Brunei.

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Director general of Somalia’s religious affairs ministry, Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow has said that Christmas and New Year celebrations threatened the country’s Muslim faith. He also warned against celebrations, saying they could provoke al-Shabab to carry out attacks. Last year, the armed group launched a Christmas Day attack on the African Union’s heavily fortified headquarters in the capital Mogadishu, killing three AU soldiers and a civilian. Somalia also follows the Islamic calendar that does not recognise January 1 as the beginning of the year.

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 However, Foreign diplomats, aid workers, and soldiers living in the AU compound are permitted to mark the day privately.