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Somali militants execute 3 for spying

By Shafi’i Mohyaddin
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mogadishu (HOL) - The Al-Qaeda-proxy Al Shabab militants in Somalia have killed three men after accusing them of spying for the federal government of Somalia.

According to residents the execution was carried out in public in the coastal town of Barawe late on Friday, as hundreds of residents were compelled to watch the brutal killing.

Al Shabab’s regional court judge identified the three men as Mohamed Deq Hassan Ali, Abdi Najib Shire Barre and Mahmoud Farah Sabriye Shuriye accusing them of spying for the intelligence services of what he termed as the Christian ‘puppet’ government of Somalia.

“Anyone found guilty of spying for the enemy of Allah will be punished in accordance with the Islamic law—we will continue cutting the ‘cancer’ hiding amongst the Muslims” said Al Shabab’s Lower Shabelle regional chief Sheik Abu Abdalla saying that anyone servicing for the enemy of Allah was like a cancer and must be removed.

Friday’s execution comes several weeks after the militants killed three other men in the same city accusing them of spying for what they described as the enemy of Allah.

The coastal town of Barawe which is located about 210 kilometres south of the capital Mogadishu is one of the key towns still remaining in the hands of the notorious Al-Qaeda-linked militants who have been losing more lands since February, as Somali government forces and AU troops intensify counter anti-terrorist combat operations across south-central Somalia.

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