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17 Apr 2020 | 04:57 AM UTC

Somalia: Al-Shabaab execute six in Jamaame April 15

Al-Shabaab execute six men on espionage charges in Jamaame April 15; further incidents possible in the near term

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Event

According to media sources, an Al-Shabaab court ordered the execution of six men in Jamaame on Wednesday, April 15. The individuals were found guilty of espionage for the Federal Government of Somalia, Jubaland, and South West State, and were subsequently eliminated.

Further militant activity, as well as military operations against Al-Shabaab militants, are possible throughout Somalia in the near term.

Context

Al-Shabaab continues to exercise effective control over large zones in the south and center of Somalia and attacks from the group are frequent across the country, including in Mogadishu. The group often targets government officials and military infrastructure in a bid to topple the West- and UN-backed government and impose its own strict interpretation of Islam in Somalia.

Advice

Individuals in Somalia are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Somalia remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.