Alshabaab gave a 16-year old Kenyan boy 100 lashes publicly after being suspected of spying for US government. The punishment took place at a public square in Dalandole area, near Baidoa town, some 250km south west of Somali capital Mogadishu and was witnessed by a large crowd.
A judge in Al Shabaab court said the group found the man guilty of spying for the US government, he was sentenced to flogging and expulsion from the town, a sentence which can be considered to be lenient since those who are found guilty are normally executed. His mother had brought Khamisi when he was only 5 years old, the mother later died after contracting STD.
Ahmed Khamisi, was taken out into public, the crime and judgment was read, then he was blindfolded, tied to a tree with a rope before the lashing. Khamisi cried loudly denying the charge but no one would listen to him. Four hooded militants used leather belts and bamboo sticks to pass the punishment, a witness said.
In the recent past, Alshabaab has been receiving destructive aerial attacks and they are panicking that militants in their ranks could be giving information about their operations. The public punishment is a preemptive statement to the community.