MOGADISHU – Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamists executed five men by firing squad in a public execution in south west of the war-ravaged nation.
The five men were shot and killed in Yaq Barawe area of Bay region in south west of Somalia after the group accused them of spying, a sign of the insurgents’ control of southern swathes .
The al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab was driven out of Somali capital Mogadishu in 2011.
The Somali government and the U.S. military are beefing up an offensive against Al Shabaab.
The U.S. military carried out dozens of air strikes against the al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab.
However, Al Shabaab is trying to overthrow Somalia’s weak, U.N.-backed government and impose a strict form of Islamic law.
The country has been torn apart by civil war since 1991, when clan warlords overthrew a dictator before turning on each other.