Radio Andalus, Al-Shabaab’s radio station, broadcast the news of the ban on Sunday claiming plastic bags “pose a serious threat to the wellbeing of humans and animals alike”.
Raffaello Pantucci, counter-terror expert at the Royal United Services Institute, said the move was designed to show the world the group could govern.
Mr Pantucci said: “Other East African governments have banned plastic bags and this ban is al-Shabaab’s attempt to show their people that they too can implement laws and govern like any legitimate ruler.
“It’s quite ironic though that the same group has been involved in the banned ivory trade to fund its terror activities across the Horn of Africa.”
The jihadist group – who has openly boasted about their violence – is also planning to halt logging of native trees.
Mohamed Abu Abdalla, the group’s governor for southern Somalia’s Shabelle regions, said details of how the new rules will be enforced will be announced later.
Al-Shabaab was completely driven out of the Somali capital Mogadishu in 2011 but it is still active in east Africa and has carried out barbaric terror attacks across the area.
Even though people have joked online that al-Shabaab has started the world’s first “eco-friendly” terror moment, al-Qaeda has in fact shown interest in environmental issues a long time ago.
In 2016 article the magazine produced by the Yemeni branch of the terror organisation take former US President Barack Obama to task for not doing more to tackle climate change.
It read: “The environment has suffered from America’s policies.
“In latest official statistics of International Health Organisation, it mentions that 92 percent of the world population are breathing polluted air.
“Moreover, 6.5 million people are dying annually because of air pollution.
“It is astonishing and deceptive to hear Obama talk about the necessity of acting boldly in combating the danger of greenhouse gases, yet his own state has not responded and dealt adequately in reducing these deadly emissions.”
And in 2017, the leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Hibatullah Akhundzada, urged Afghans to plant more trees.
In a statement, he called on civilians and fighters to “plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of Earth and the benefit of Almighty Allah’s creations.
“Tree plantation plays an important role in environmental protection, economic development and beautification of earth.”