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Al Shabaab Publicly Executes 2 Men in Central Somalia

Al Shabaab militants Somalia
The Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Shabaab fighters in central Somalia have publicly executes 2 men by firing squad on Thursday afternoon, for killing unarmed civilians in the past.

Sources say a firing squad from Al Shabaab carried out the execution against the men at a square in the coastal city of Harardhere in Mudug province which is controlled by militants.

A local court belonging to Al Shabaab has sentenced 2 men whose names have been identified as Abdirahman Dhuhul Abdulle, 22, and Abdi Muse Hayle, 25, to death penalty in vengeance for previous 2 civilian killing.

The sources who spoke to Radio Shabelle on condition of anonymity by phone, said hundreds of residents, including women and children have watched to execution of the 2 men.

Somalia's central town of Haradhere, formerly a pirate hub is currently serving as the biggest operations and financial core for Al Shabaab fighters in Mudug region situated in the autonomous Galmudug regional state.

Source: All Africa News, July 8, 2016

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