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Somalia’s Shebab executes two girls for ‘spying’ These women were spying for the enemy Sheikh Yusuf Ali Ugas, regional commander, told the crowd

capt_photo_1288255025256-1-0 MOGADISHU (AFP) – Somalia’s Al Qaeda-inspired Shebab group




Publicly Executed two teenage girls in the Central town of 



Beledweyne on charges of spying, witnesses said Thursday.



A firing squad shot the pair in front of hundreds of local residents Wednesday afternoon, in the first known instance of such an execution over spying charges against women.

These women were spying for the enemy and were arrested by mujahideen (holy warriors)” last week, Sheikh Yusuf Ali Ugas,


The insurgent group’s regional commander, told the crowd after the execution. After a long investigation,


They confessed to their crimes,” he said, adding that dozens of other people were held at Beledweyne police station


On the same charges and faced the same fate. Residents gathered at the Shebab’s headquarters in Beledweyne,


A town which lies near the Ethiopian border and witnessed heavy fighting Between the insurgent group


and pro-government forces earlier this month. the group informed the population that a punishment was going


To be carried out in public on two women they claimed had been found guilty of spying,” said a resident,


Who gave his name only as Ali. I didn’t know they were planning to shoot them. The two girls were sitting on the ground


With their hands tied behind their back. Then a group of fighters covered their faces and shot them from behind,” he said.


“It was shocking, the girls were so young. They looked so desperate but nobody could help them,” Ali added.


Elders and residents gave conflicting information on the girls’ ages but both of them were believed to be 17 or 18.

“Everyone was very sorry for the young girls who were killed in front of hundreds,” said Maryam Ahmed,


Another witness. “I couldn’t hold back my tears.” “I’m worried for the dozens of other people who are currently in jail


On similar allegations,” she said. the Shebab, listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States,


Executed two men on spying charges outside Mogadishu earlier this month. In a case that grabbed


The world’s attention two years before Wednesday’s execution to the day, a group of men stoned a woman to death in the southern


Shebab bastion of Kismayo after an Islamic court found her guilty of adultery. The Shebab have in recent years repeatedly


Executed men accused of spying or murder and chopped off the hands of thieves. The Shebab — formerly the youth wing of the


Islamic Courts Union of which current Somali president, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, was a top political leader — controls three-quarters of Somalia.

The group has been waging a fierce insurgency aimed at toppling Sharif’s Western-backed transitional federal government


and the African Union force that protects it. It comprises scores of foreign jihadi fighters in its ranks and its leadership has proclaimed allegiance to


Al Qaeda supremo Osama bin Laden. the movement advocates a Wahhabi brand of Islam imported from the Gulf


And imposes a strict form of Sharia, or Islamic law, enforced by a religious police or propaganda arm known as Jaysh al-Hisbah (Army of Morality).


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