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Somalia Doles Out Justice After Al-Shabaab

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 23 (UPI) — More tribunals in Somalia are expected with al-Shabaab out of the picture, a government official said after two men were executed by firing squad.

The transitional government in Somalia said a soldier and an employee in the defense ministry were executed by firing squad. Both men were blindfolded and tied to a post outside police headquarters and executed in Mogadishu after they were accused by a military tribunal in separate murder cases.

A government official told Voice of America on condition of anonymity the charges were from July and May cases brought before the tribunal, set up in August 2009. More tribunals were expected now that al-Shabaab pulled out of Mogadishu, tribunal Chairman Hassan Mohammed Mahamud told VOA.

Al-Shabaab, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia, had controlled much of the country, leaving the transitional government in control of only a small part of Mogadishu.

Somalia is the grip of a cholera outbreak, which complicates humanitarian efforts to deal with widespread famine in the country.

Al-Shabaab is said to be intercepting aid deliveries in the country despite pulling back from Mogadishu.

A drought gripping most of the Horn of Africa is expected to linger for much of the year.

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