SOMALIA: SOLDIER, WHO KILLED AHLU SUNNA FIGHTER, EXECUTED
July 20, 2011: one of Somali soldiers, who has intentionally slain a fighter loyal to Ahlu Sunna Waljama (ASWJ), a moderate Islamist group allied with the government, was executed by a firing squad in southern Somalia town, officials said.
Forces from Somali government and Ahlu Sunna Waljama have publicly conducted the execution in Garbaharey town of Gedo region in southern Somalia, according to Jaylani Mohamoud Yusuf, a freelancer in the area.
The journalist said that officials from both administration and hundreds of people congregated at the square to watch the killing was conducted.
Abdullahi Khalif Ibrahim, who was from Somali government forces, yesterday shot and killed a fighter form Ahlu Sunna group in Garbaharey, 320km southwest of Mogadishu.
Mohamed Abdi Kalil, Somali government's governor of Gedo region told Shabelle Somali government administration in the region and Ahlu Sunna group had together made the execution.
âKillings and exchange of fire frequently occur between pro-government soldiers,â said the governor.
He added that severe measures, including capital punishment, were aimed at minimising misuse of firearms within the armed forces. (Sources: AllAfrica.com, africareview.com, 20/07/2011)