Wednesday October 6, 2021
Mogadishu (HOL) - Al-Shabaab militants executed two men in a public square on Tuesday in the Lower Jubba's Jamame district, accusing one of the men of being a sorcerer and the other a Somali government soldier.
Mohamed Mowlid Aden, who was suspected of being a government soldier and Abdullahi Hassan Omar, who was accused of practicing dark magic, were both shot dead by a firing squad in front of at least a hundred people, according to witnesses.
Both men have lived in Jamame, a farming community some 70 km (43 miles) north of Kismayo.
The al Qaeda-linked group has executed several men in the past, either by beheading or firing squad, in districts across the south and central Somalia it controls.
Somali security forces have been fighting to dislodge the militant insurgency group from parts of Somalia's fertile belt, which it has controlled since 2014.