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Begging for his life: Mohamed Ibrahim appeals to Islamic militants not to carry out the execution as he is buried in the ground as his villagers are forced to watch. But the verdict was so shocking that it prompted a gun battle between rivals within the group that left three militants dead, witnesses said.
The executions took place yesterday in Afgoye, some 20 miles south-west of the capital of Mogadishu.
Hizbul Islam fighters ordered hundreds of residents to a field, where
a rebel judge announced that the two men had confessed to murder and
No mercy: The militants bury Ibrahim in the ground in a village south-west of lawless Mogadishu, Somalia. A woman who had confessed to fornication had been sentenced to 100 lashes, he added.
'This is their day of justice,' the judge, Osman Siidow Hasan, told the crowd. 'We investigated and they confessed.'
But when some Hizbul Islam fighters
wanted to delay the executions, a bloody gun battle broke out between
the two factions, shocked residents said.
end: Hizbul Islam group members pelt Ibrahim until his face is a bloody
mess and he dies. His face has been pixellated on grounds of taste.
The second condemned man is shot dead at point blank range by a relative of the man he was convicted of murdering. 'Three Hizbul Islam fighters died and five others were injured after they fought each other," Halima Osman, an Afgoye shopkeeper, told Reuters in Mogadishu by telephone.
'Some wanted to delay the execution while the others insisted. They
exchanged fire. The group that was against the execution was
overpowered and chased away,' she said.
Once the gun battle was over, the militants coldly carried out the verdicts.
A relative of the murder victim shot the first as he lay on the floor.
'I could not watch,' local man Ali Gabow told Reuters. 'The lady who had been with the second man was only given 100 lashes because she said she had never married.'