facebook
twitter
search
search
X
Breaking News: Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev will seek a new trial

Somalia executes al-Shabaab member for killing journalist

Aug. 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A member of the Islamist al-Shabaab group was executed by firing squad Saturday for killing a Somali journalist last year, media reports said.

Adan Sheik Abdi was tied to a pole and blindfolded when he was executed at the Mogadishu Police Academy, Garowe Online reported.

The execution was the first of an al-Shabaab member by the Somali federal government. The group, which has ties to al-Qaida, is battling for control of the country.

Hassan Yusuf Absuge, who worked for Radio Maanta in Mogadishu, was killed in the capital in September. A spokesman for the military court said three witnesses linked Abdi to the killing.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kim Jong Un had terrapin farm manager executed, says source
Burt's Bees co-founder Burt Shavitz dies at 80
Encroaching sea levels endanger Pakistan's Indus Delta
North Korea requests medical aid from U.N. agencies
More than 80 percent of North Korean defectors are women, says report