Al-Shabab Executes Three for Spying

Mogadishu:- Somali militant group al-Shabab says it has executed three men who it accused of spying for U.S. or Somali government intelligence agencies.

The al-Qaida-linked group announced the executions Tuesday on its Facebook page.

It said one of the men, 29-year-old Mohamed Abdulle Gelle, guided a U.S. drone strike that killed an al-Shabab commander in Somalia’s Middle Juba region last October.

That was likely the attack that killed al-Shabab’s top explosives expert, known as Anta, on October 28.

Al-Shabab said a second man, 47-year-old Ahmed Abdullahi Farole, had spied for the administration of Somalia’s Puntland region.

The third man, Abdi Rahman Abdi-Ladiif Ahmed, was accused of spying for the Somali government.

The statement said the three were killed by firing squad in the town of Barawe.

Al-Shabab has shown signs of a resurgence in recent months after losing control of most major Somali cities in 2011 and 2012.

Last Thursday, the militant group claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Mogadishu that killed 11 people.

The week before, al-Shabab militants stormed the presidential palace, killing 17 people, although the president was unharmed.

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