Somalia: Four alleged militants executed in Baidoa town

BAIDOA — A Somali military court has executed four men accused of being members of Al-Shabaab in Baidoa town, which is situated 256 km northwest of Mogadishu.

The military tribunal chairman, Gen. Liban Ali Yarow said that a firing squad had carried out the execution of the convicted members for being involved in twin suicide explosions in the town of Baidoa.

“These executed convicts were accused of being linked to Al Qaida-affiliated Al Shabaab and involved in deadly attacks in Baidoa in February 2016 which killed 80 people,” Yarow said.

The executed defendants were named as Hassan Aden Mursal, Abdilatif Moalim Aden Abdirahman, Siyad Hassan Farah and Sharamad Aawaw Mohamed, according to Yarow, who spoke to journalists.

This is the first time that a Somali military court has executed suspects linked to the Al-Shabaab group.

Some of Somalia’s international backers oppose the policy of executing captured Al-Shabaab members. Earlier this month, the European Union mission in Mogadishu condemned the execution of five alleged militants carried out by the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in Bosaso town.