Woman stoned to death in Somalia because she married 11 men, claims extremist group

Crowd gathers in public square to watch masked men throw rocks at 30-year-old

Harriet Agerholm
Wednesday 09 May 2018 22:07 BST
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Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia
Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 km south of Mogadishu, in Somalia

A woman accused of marrying 11 men was stoned to death, the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab has said.

Shukri Abdullahi, 30, was killed by masked men in a public square in the Lower Shabelle region, the al-Qaeda linked group’s radio arm reported. A crowd gathered to witness her death.

Mohamed Abu Usama, al Shabaab’s regional governor said she was brough to the court with "nine husbands, including her legal husband", each of whom said she was his wife.

But a self-proclaimed judge said the woman confessed to having secretly married 11 men without seeking a divorce.

Al-Shabab has been trying to impose a strict version of Islam in the chaotic east African nation.

Courts established by the militants do not allow legal representation or appeals and often execute suspected spies and people accused of adultery.

Al-Shabab also hacks of the limbs of those accused of religious infractions.

The Islamist group once controlled much of south and central Somalia, including the capital Mogadishu, but was forced to retreat to rural areas by regional armies in 2011.

It has since maintained its presence in the countryside, but has suffered from a crisis of morale and a lack of funding.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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