Al-Shabaab executes man accused of sorcery in southern Somalia

A military spokesman for al-Shabab issues a statement south of Mogadishu.

BARHDERE (SD) – A court run by the militant group Al-Shabaab in southern Somalia has executed a man suspected to be a sorcerer.

Sources in El-Adde town located in Gedo region which remains under the tight grip of the militant group said the man identified as Mohamed Deeq Hussein was killed by the militants for allegedly bewitching residents.

The judge reportedly ruled that witchcraft was an act of apostasy before sending the suspect to face the firing squad. The execution took place on Friday evening.

Al-Shabaab has in the past killed several people it accuses of espionage and involving in black magic as well as adultery.

Early 2016, al-Shabaab fighters killed over 200 Kenyan soldiers in El-Adde town after the militants overran a military base in the town.

The group also captured number of soldiers during the attack but executed number of them months later.

Al-Shabaab, which has been fighting to topple the internationally recognised Somali government for the past one decade has lost large swath territories in south and central Somalia after its fighters were defeated by Somali military backed by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces.

The group now carries out deadly suicide attacks in major towns.

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