Reports last month showed a white man who claimed to be a representative of Al Qaeda handing out food aid and Korans in a camp run by Al Shabaab.
The man was said to a US citizen and went by the name of Abu Abdulla Almuhajir and was photographed at the Ala-Yasir camp at ‘K50’, 30-miles outside the capital Mogadishu.
The BBC broadcast an audio clip of Almuhajir addressing a press conference in English, speaking with an American accent.
It was not the first time that English-speakers with American or British accents have narrated broadcasts. A Shabaab film of the fighting in Mogadishu last year titled ‘The Crusaders Graveyard’ was narrated by a London-accented man who appears in the final scene wearing camouflage fatigues and with his face hidden.
It includes footage of the American-accented Almuhajir as well as interviews with a British man who claims to be an Al Qaeda member and senior Shabaab officials as the group tries to “win hearts and minds” in the midst of Somalia’s ongoing famine.