Somalia's Hassan Hanafi executed

Somalia's Hassan Hanafi executed

Hassan Hanafi, a former Somalian journalist, has been executed by firing squad in Somalia after being convicted of helping terrorist group al-Shabab kill five of his colleagues.

Somalia's Hassan Hanafi executed

al-Shababa's Hassan Hanafi executed in Somalia

Hassan Hanafi, once a respected broadcaster, was sentenced to death last month by a military court in the capital, Mogadishu.

He assisted the Islamist militant group by identifying possible targets amongst journalists between 2007 and 2011.

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He later joined its armed wing after working for Radio Andalus, al-Shabab's mouthpiece in Somalia, a report by the BBC said.

Somalia's Hassan Hanafi executed
Somalia's Hassan Hanafi executed

More than 25 journalists have been murdered in Somalia since 2007, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Somalia's Hassan Hanafi executed

al-Shababa's Hassan Hanafi executed in Somalia

Somalia's Hassan Hanafi executed

While he was working for al-Shabab, Hanafi is said to have called journalists and threatened them with death if they refused to join the militant group.

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Al-Shabab frequently stages attacks in Mogadishu and other cities, and still controls many rural areas in southern Somalia, the BBC report said.

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