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Al-Shabab Executes Somali Government Soldiers

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Abdullahi Osman - 7Dnews Mogadishu

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:51 GMT

Al-Shabab militants have executed three people including two government soldiers in southern Somalia.

The execution took place at a public square in the town of Mubarak in Lower Shabelle region on Tuesday evening, December 11th.

One of the victims was identified as Mohamed Tifow, 59, a clan elder who was a delegate in the selection of current members of parliament in late 2016.

An al-Shabab-run court had previously sentenced the three to death, and it said the two soldiers were arrested during an operation.

Since the parliamentary election of 2016, the al-Qaeda-affiliated group has killed more than a dozen elders it accused of participating in the poll, which they say it is ‘against Islamic law.’

The group has been fighting the Somali government for more than 10 years and wants to implement their own version of a strict Islamic law. It was driven out of the capital, Mogadishu, in August 2011, but it is still capable of carrying out attacks countrywide.

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