Somalia's Al-Shabab Kill a Briton, 3 Americans for 'Spying'

Published October 10th, 2018 - 11:51 GMT
Al-Shabaab in Somalia (AFP/ File Photo)
Al-Shabaab in Somalia (AFP/ File Photo)

Al-Shabab terrorists claimed to have executed one Briton and three Americans that it accused of spying on Tuesday.

The Somali militant group announced the killings on its Andalus radio station, saying they were carried out in a public square in Jilib town in Middle Jubba region.

According to residents, the men were tied to poles and shot by a firing squad shortly after a self-proclaimed judge sentenced them to death.

'Five of them were publicly shot to death this afternoon after they admitted espionage before the court,' said Mohamed Abu Abdalla, Al-Shabab's governor for the Jubba regions.

'Awale Ahmed Mohamed, 32 spied for MI6 and he came from Britain to Somalia to establish Islamic State,' he told Reuters late on Tuesday.

Three of the men spied for the United States and helped guide drones to carry out strikes in Somalia, while a fourth spied for the Somali government, he added.

The government did not return telephone calls from Reuters to seek comment.

The U.S. drones often carry out strikes against the Somali militants, with the U.S. military saying it killed one militant in an air strike in southern Somalia over the weekend.

Al-Shabab is trying to overthrow Somalia's weak, U.N.-backed government and impose a strict form of Islamic law. The country has been torn apart by civil war since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator before turning on each other. 

The group's grip on the Horn of Africa nation has been weakening since it was pushed out of the capital by African Union peacekeepers in 2011, but the government and the U.S. military are beefing up an offensive against it.

Despite losing territory, the extremist group continues to carry out deadly attacks in many parts of the country, especially the capital, Mogadishu. A truck bombing there in October 2017 killed 512 people.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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