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SOMALIA: al-Shabab militants Execute men they accused of spying

Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab has executed seven men in Somalia’s southwestern region of Bay, the execution that was conducted publicly took place in the vicinity of Buula-Fulay in Somalia’s Bay region late Saturday.

Six of the executed men were accused of spying for the Somali government and the U.S. They were also accused of providing intelligence that led to the killing of senior al-Shabab leaders, Yusuf Jiis and Abdulkadir Commandos, who were targeted in U.S. airstrikes in 2020.

Meanwhile, in the Somali autonomous region of Ethiopia bordering the Southwestern Somalia, there are reports that the security forces have captured a number of al-Shabab members who were among the militants who were defeated in the battles that took place in the area last week.

Al-Shabab, which has bases in the Bay & Bakool regions of Southwestern Somalia, has crossed the border between Ethiopia and Somalia in the past two weeks, targeting villages in the Somali autonomous region of Ethiopia.

Somali state president Mustafe Omar said that the region’s special forces operations against al-Shabab militants inflicted the group heavy casualties.