Posted by: becketfund | November 12, 2008

Somalia: Increased Fear of Religious Militants

KISMAYO – Public anger at the recent stoning of a 13-year-old girl, Asha Ibrahim Dhuhulow, in Somalia shows the growing resentment towards radical Islamists who have gained control of much of the south and center of the country, the BBC reported on November 12.  Her 62-year-old aunt told the BBC that Asha had in fact been raped by three armed men and she had taken her to the police to report it.  In Mogadishu, al-Shabab insurgents are said to move around the city freely and they are the group responsible for her public execution. Al-Shabab insurgents are an offshoot of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which was ousted in 2006 by the interim Ethiopian government. The al-Shabab have also held a military parade in a former military camp in the capital within the past couple of weeks, where they carried out a public flogging of two men sentenced by an Islamic court over a family dispute.

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