Somali Militant Islamist Group Executes Suspected Spies
Somalia’s militant Islamist group al-Shabab has killed by firing squad four men accused of spying for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
The men, who included two government soldiers, were shot in front of a large crowd in the southern town of Bardhere, witnesses said.
A court run by al-Shabab had earlier convicted them of spying for the CIA, Ethiopia and the Somali government.
US air strikes have killed two senior al-Shabab commanders in recent months.
“One of the spies worked with the CIA and facilitated the killing of an al-Shabab commander,” a judge in the al-Shabab-run court said.
He did not name the commander, but al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed in a US air strike in September and last month its intelligence chief, Tahlil Abdishakur, was assassinated in a similar strike in southern Somalia.