Residents in Jilib district in Middle Jubba region say Al-Shabaab has executed a foreign jihadist on suspicion of having links with the Islamic State branch in the Horn of Africa country.
The foreign fighter identified as Abu Anas Al-Misri from Egypt was killed in bomb attack on a mosque in the rebel-held town on Monday night, according to sources.
The militant group has also arrested several Somali and foreign Al-Shabaab members during an operation which is part of a clampdown on elements trying to join ISIL affiliate.
Reports from the region suggest that a tension is brewing between fighters within the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab group fighting to topple the UN-backed Somali Federal Government in Mogadishu.
Al-Shabaab has been driven out of key areas in southern Somalia, including Mogadishu in 2011, but, the group still capable of staging attacks in the country’s capital.