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Somalian extremists behead ‘spies’

16 July 2009

by Ed Beavan

SEVEN CHRISTIANS were beheaded in Somalia last week by the extremist al-Shabaab group, which is believed to have links to al-Qaeda

The Islamic rebels charged the seven Christians with abandoning the Muslim faith, and “spying”, before executing them in the town of Baidoa.

They did not receive a trial, and the executions are part of al-Shabaab’s implementation of sharia across areas of southern Somalia which it controls.

“Al-Shabaab told us that they were beheaded for reasons they described as being Christian followers and spies,” said one relative, who gave his name only as Aden.

Western security services believe that al-Shabaab may be a proxy for al-Qaeda in Somalia. The group beheaded three people in the same region last month.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has accused al-Shabaab of extrajudicial killings, setting off bombs in resid­ential areas, and using civilians as human shields.

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