Three men accused of being spies executed publically by Al-Shabaab in Barawe
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Three men were publically executed in the Al-Shabaab controlled town of Barawe after having been accused by the Islamist organization of being spies.
According to several reports and eyewitnesses the three men were executed by masked men belonging to the organization by means of firing a bullet to the head from a pistol. The execution which was attended by most residents took place at a public square where the Eid prayers are often held and other large public gatherings.
The first man was identified as Ahmed Abdullahi Farole, aged 47, he was reported to have been a nephew of Puntland’s former president Abdirahman Farole. He was accused by Al-Shabaab of working for Puntland’s security agency more commonly to Somalis as the “PS”, spying against Al-Shabaab in the Galgala regions where Al-Shabaab are believed to operate clandestinely and attempting to plant agents within Al-Shabaab. He had been living in Barawe, and according to Al-Shabaab they had been “monitoring” him for a while.
The second man was identified as Mahamed Abdulle Gele, aged 29, Al-Shabaab leveled several accusations against him, the first being that he led the French special forces who were part of last January’s failed raid in Bulomarer to Denis Allex’s place of captivity. Another accusation leveled against him by Al-Shabaab was that he played a role in identifying the vehicle manned by two high ranking Al-Shabaab commanders which facilitated for the drone to strike the vehicle in October last year.
The third man was identified as Abdirahman Abdilatif Ahmed, aged 23, according to Al-Shabaab he was working for the Somali intelligence against the group’s activities in Mogadishu.
The Al-Qaeda affiliated movement which has executed numerous people whom they deemed as spies, declined to mention where the three men were capture or what activities they were involved in at the time of their capturing, however before the execution a judge announced the verdict to the attendees who mentioned that they were tried in a court and further said the men admitted in court to the accusations leveled by Al-Shabaab.
According to eyewitnesses the Al-Shabaab judge today touched upon the recent ban of mobile internet during his speech, he then went on to mention how the Al-Shabaab commander killed in October’s drone strike was given an internet phone fixed with a tracking device by Mahamed Abdulle Gele which facilitated the Al-Shabaab commander’s assassination.
The execution was also attended by Al-Shabaab’s Lower Shabelle governor Mohamed Abu Abdallah who extended his gratitude to the residents of the Lower Shabelle in helping capturing these men and cooperating with the Islamist movement.
According to many analysts a vicious battle is being fought between Al-Shabaab & Western countries on the intelligence side, which has at times resulted in the assassinations of Al-Shabaab commanders by drone strikes, while at the same time Al-Shabaab has been executing men whom they say are spies who “are the eyes on the ground for the enemy”.