Saturday, April 14, 2012

Somali militants chop man's arm off

Deputy leader of the hardline Al-Shabaab Islamist group Sheikh Mokhtar Robow Abu Monsor (left). The group has amputated the arm of a man suspected of theft. FILE | AFRICA REVIEW |
By ABDULKADIR KHALIF in Mogadishu - (Africa Review )
Somalia Islamic militants Al-Shabaab Thursday amputated the hand of a man accused of theft at Alamada, 18km south of Mogadishu.
The amputation of the young man, identified only as Mohamed, was witnessed by a large crowd of onlookers.
An Al-Shabaab official at the scene said Mohamed was found guilty of stealing clothes.
“A sharp sword was used to slash the right hand away,” confirmed witnesses who did not want their names mentioned for security reasons.
Three other youths were flogged by Al-Shabaab militants for various offences.
“All sentences were executed by masked militants,” added the anonymous witnesses.
The radical Islamists are generally accused by civil rights activists of swiftly carrying out harsh sentences without proper evidence before defence attorneys.
Meanwhile, Somali capital Mogadishu is experiencing an influx of people fleeing the southern and central districts under the control of the Al-Shabaab militants.
Mr Mohamed Hussein, a media analyst in Mogadishu, stated that the majority of the new arrivals were the consumers of khat, the mild stimulating herbs widely chewed in Somalia.

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