“Decapitate any Al-Shabaab member you see” says Mogadishu mayor
Mogadishu (Harar24) – In an anti-Shabaab rally organized by the local Mogadishu administration on Sunday held in the Huriwa district of Mogadishu, attended by Somali government officials who urged the public to stand against the increasing attacks by the militants in the capital.
Among those who attended was Gen. Hasan Mohamed Husein “Mungab”, the mayor of Mogadishu, who advocated that “anyone who kills or captures an Al-Shabaab member will attain Paradise” and further explicitly stated “whoever spots an Al-Shabaab member anywhere should decapitate him” as he expressed.
The rally was also attended by the head of the military tribunal court, Col. Abdirahman Mohamed Turyare, who told the public that from now on no Al-Shabaab member would be jailed anymore, but rather would face execution. “The country has entered a new phase of war, the time where captured Al-Shabaab members would be jailed or pardoned has passed, any captured Al-Shabaab member will be executed starting now” said Turyare.
Mogadishu has been witnessing an exceptional increase in attacks orchestrated by the Al-Qaeda linked group targeting government institutions and officials, which many have accused the government of failing to prevent. According to analysts the frustration and failure by the government is what has lead them to announce a new policy of execution only and no jailing, despite the fact that several human rights organizations and activists have accused the Somali government of carrying out executions without holding valid court trials.