A Somali government official has been executed by al-Shabab militants in the southern region of Middle Shabelle.
The execution took place in front of a crowd in the village of Galbole village on Tuesday, December 18th, according to Somali Memo, an al-Shabab-affiliated news site.
Al-Shabab identified the slain individual as Mohamed Ali Mohamed and said he was working and coordinating with the African Union troops in the country.
The African Union force in Somalia consists of more than 22,000 soldiers, all of whom are helping the government defeat al-Shabab.
Last week, then group executed two soldiers and a clan elder in the town of Mubarak. The elder was accused of taking part in the 2016 parliamentary election as a delegate.
The al-Qaeda-linked group, which is fighting to overthrow the Somali government, is known to execute those it suspects of working for the government or the African Union troops. The victims do not get a fair trial as they are not allowed legal representation. Al-Shabab has lost most key urban centres in the country but it still controls most of the rural areas where it is implementing its own version of Islamic law.