Somalia: 14 accused spies killed by Al Shabaab

MOGADISHU (Somalia247) – The Somalia-based Al-Shabab extremist group says it has executed 14 men, mostly accused of spying for the US, and Somali and Kenyan intelligence agencies in three consecutive days.

The extremist group announced the killings on its Andalus radio station, saying they were carried out in a public square in Hargar, Salagle, Bu’alle and Kunturwarey towns in southern regions of Somalia.

Five men were tied to poles and shot by a firing squad on Tuesday after a self-proclaimed judge sentenced them to death, according to Radio Andulus, an al Shabaab mouthpiece.

Five other men were also executed on Friday by the extremist group’s fighters after accusing them of spying for Somali and other countries’ intelligence services.

The group has shot and killed four people – 3 government soldiers, who were taken alive during a fighting and a magician, according to a statement released by al Shabaab.

The insurgents have killed at least 14 men for the last three days in southern regions of Somalia.

The rebel group, often carries out punishments including executions, amputations and flogging on people it accuses mostly of espionage, theft, and rape.

Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda’s east Africa affiliate, 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.