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Monday, September 14, 2015

Somalia - Al-Shabab Beheads Somali Brothers for Spying

The al-Shabab militant group has beheaded two brothers accused of spying for the Somali Government and for having dealings with Ethiopian troops, relatives said.



VOA - The al-Shabab militant group has beheaded two brothers accused of spying for the Somali Government and for having dealings with Ethiopian troops, relatives said.

Relatives say the beheaded bodies of the two men, said to be 20 and 25 years old, were found Sunday in Raaso village, 60 kilometers south of Bulo Barde town in the central Somali region of Hiran.

The two men were captured last week by al-Shabab militants in Buqaqable, hours after the Ethiopian and Government troops suddenly vacated the town.

Villagers told VOA Somali the brothers were in Buqaqable when the Ethiopian troops and Somali government forces seized it August 10 from al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab accused them of having dealings with the Ethiopian troops and of spying for the Somali government, according to some local residents.

Relatives who requested anonymity say one of the men was a recent graduate of high school, while the other was unemployed.

On Saturday, Somali authorities said al-Shabab militants seized two towns in southern Somalia — El Salindi and Kunturwarey —  from retreating African Union forces.

Separately, an AMISOM convoy was targeted Saturday with a car bomb outside the nearby town of Janaale. Militants said they killed several soldiers in the attack, a claim that VOA could not verify.

AMISOM soldiers have been fighting al-Shabab in Somalia since 2007. AMISOM forces and Somali troops have recaptured large parts of Somalia from the al-Qaida-linked militants in recent years, but attacks have continued.