Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab militants have executed four men accused of spying for the country’s Western-backed government, Kenya and the United States.
The men were reportedly found guilty by an Al-Shabab court before being publicly beheaded in a square in Jamame district of lower Jubba region, some 43 miles north of Kismayu.
The group announced on its Andalus radio that Siyad Ali Abdi, 26, Ahmed Ibrahim, 28, Yusuf Makaran, 58, and Abdullahi Omar, 26, were killed for helping in the coordination of drone attacks that killed some of their leaders.
“The court ruled on their cases and four of the men were executed publicly in Jamame District according to the Sharia this (Sunday) afternoon,” Mohamed Abu Abdalla, al Shabaab’s governor for the Jubba region told Reuters.
“The four men admitted they were spies.”
Al-Shabab was pushed out of Mogadishu by African Union forces and lost control of most of Somalia. The extremist group seeks to impose Sharia Law and to oust the central government. It often carries out attacks across the country.