by Florian Flade
North of the Somali capital Mogadishu, the Islamists of Al-Shabaab recently executed two men in public. 38 year-old Abdullah Haji Mohammed was found guilty the Al-Shabaab Sharia court of spying for the Somali government. He allegedly was paid up to US-$ 120 per month for providing the „apostate government“, which Al-Shabaab is fighting, with information about the terrorist group.
The second victim of the Al-Shabaab crime punishment was Abdul Nasser Hussain, 26 years old, who was sentenced to death because of „multiple murders“ he confessed to.
Al-Shabaab fighters shot the two men in front of a large crowd and later released pictures of the public execution on the Internet. The killing took place as the Somali government claimed it had defeated Al-Shabaab in recent clashes in Mogadishu and is now in control of most parts of the city. Just outside of Mogadishu, Al-Shabaab´s Talibanesque rule is still in place.