Monday, October 04, 2010

Al Shabaab Chops Off Teenager’s Limbs For Robbery

Abdi Hajji Hussein - AHN News Correspondent
Belet-weyne, Somalia (AHN) - Somalia’s extremist group, Al Shabaab, on Sunday invited hundreds of people in the village of Buloburde of Hiran region in central Somalia to watch a teenager have his right hand and left foot chopped off.

Al Shabaab accused Hashi Farah of robbing buses and trucks passing between Somalia and Ethiopia. Sheikh Mika’il, an Al Shabaab judge in Buloburde, told the crowd the teenager had confessed to the crime. Maka'il then recited the 38th verse of Surat Al Ma’ida in the Qur’an, which is about stealing and its related punishment.

Two militants stood chopped off the right hand and left foot on the judge's orders.

It is not the first time Al Shabaab has carried out such sentences. On July 25 2009, Al Shabaab, which intends to impose a harsh version of Sharia Islamic law throughout war-devastated Somalia, chopped off the right hand and left foot of four teenagers accused of robbery in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

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