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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Shabab militants execute four ‘spies’ in Somalia

(Medeshi)- MOGADISHU: Somalia’s Al Shabab militants have executed four people accused of spying for the United States, Ethiopia and the country’s internationally-backed government, officials and witnesses said.

The executions by firing squad took place at a square in the town of Bardhere, a Shabab stronghold in Somalia’s southwestern region of Gedo, late Tuesday, and came a week after the US said it had killed the Al Qaeda-affiliated militants’ intelligence chief in an air strike.

“One of the spies worked with the CIA and facilitated the killing of an Al Shabab commander,” a Shabab judge in the town said before the four were shot dead. According to the judge, another one of those executed had been aiding US operations in Barawe, a port town and former Shabab stronghold that was captured last year by Somali and African Union forces, while the other two worked for Ethiopian intelligence and Somalia’s security agency.

“After hearing the charges against the four and their confession, the court sentenced them to the death penalty,” the judge said.