It would be the first such double amputation carried out by the rebels, who follow strict sharia law in the parts of south Somalia that they control. Al Shabaab — whose ranks are swelled by foreign jihadists and is seen by Western security services as a proxy for al Qaeda in Somalia — has carried out executions, floggings and single-limb amputations before, mainly in south Kismayu port. It is battling the government of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed for control of Mogadishu, and is also fighting a government-allied moderate Islamist militia in the provinces.
The four men, all believed to be teenagers as young as 17, were found guilty by a sharia court of stealing mobile phones and two guns. It is believed to be the first time such a sentence has been carried out in Somalia's capital, and illustrates the power of the al-Shebab movement, which now controls most of the city. Mosque loudspeakers broadcast alerts that the amputations would take place at 8am on Thursday and witnesses said at least people, many of them women and children, turned up to watch.
MOGADISHU: Somalia's hardline al Shabaab insurgents cut a hand and a leg each off four teenagers on Thursday as punishment for robbery, the first such amputations by the rebels who follow a strict version of sharia law. Al Shabaab is seen as a proxy for al Qaeda in Somalia and includes foreign jihadists. It has….
Report comes as al-Shabaab fighters amputate limbs of alleged thieves in Mogadishu. Fighters have taken control of parts of the capital Mogadishu [EPA]. Asked if the US was afraid the government might collapse or be overwhelmed by attacks by fighters, Kelly replied: "We are concerned. Kelly confirmed that the US organised an arms shipment made to the Somali government earlier this month, but did not confirm plans to train Somali forces in Djibouti.
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Islamic insurgents trying to overthrow the government of Somalia cut off the right hands and left legs of four young men accused of theft on Thursday, bringing their strict brand of justice to the capital for the first time, witnesses said. Somalia has been reeling from a pitched battle between the transitional government and the insurgents, particularly in the capital, Mogadishu, where hundreds have been killed and tens of thousands displaced in recent weeks alone. The Shabab, one of the principal Islamic groups fighting to topple the government, was behind the punishment.
Amnesty International condemns the cross amputations carried out on four teenagers earlier today by al-Shabab armed militia in northern Mogadishu. The horrific nature of such acts that were carried out in front of a crowd adds further injustice and dehumanises these teenagers. Amnesty International insists that all parties to the conflict, including members of the al-Shabab armed group are bound by norms of international humanitarian law that prohibits torture in all circumstances.
The bizarre punishments handed out in other countries will have you walking the line. Here are the worst. In Iran, a man has been ordered to have his eyes gouged out and his ears and nose chopped off after attacking a girl with acid, an opposition group claimed.
The episode brought back the trauma of her own experiences of sexual assault. Maryam said that rape had become even more pervasive at the camp in Wadajir district of the capital and the situation for women had deteriorated since she herself was raped there in Maryam said that the first time she was raped, she was five months pregnant and asleep in her makeshift shelter in Wadajir district. I was struggling with the last man and he stabbed me with the bayonet on his gun.
A l Shabaab is seen as a proxy for al Qaeda in Somalia and includes foreign jihadists. It has carried out executions, floggings and single-limb amputations before, mainly in the southern Somali port of Kismayu. The insurgents are battling to oust the government of President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, who is a moderate Islamist, and control most of southern Somalia and parts of the Horn of Africa nation's capital.
A teenager had to have his lower leg amputated after being blasted with a sawn-off shotgun in a violent revenge attack instigated by a drug gang he had crossed. The year-old victim, who cannot be named because of his age, was believed to have robbed a member of the gang who then recruited Abdi Ali and Ethan Kirkwood to "hurt him". The two of them travelled to Stratford and then discussed, in front of their terrified victim, whether to stab him or shoot him, before Ali fired the shotgun into his leg.