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Somali al-Shabab court 'stones teenager to death'

Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area 18km south of Mogadishu, Somalia, taken on 17 February 2011 Image copyright AP
Image caption Al-Shabab has carried out stonings and amputations in territory under its control

An Islamic court has stoned a teenager to death in southern Somalia after convicting him of raping a woman, a pro-Islamist news site reports.

The judge ordered Hasan Ahmad Ali, 18, to compensate the woman with a calf before he was killed, according to an audio recording of the trial.

Ali had denied raping the 28-year-old woman.

Somalia's militant Islamist group al-Shabab implements a strict version of Islamic law in areas it controls.

Last month, a woman was stoned to death in the port town of Barawe after an Islamic court convicted her of having four husbands at the same time.

Ali was found guilty of raping the woman at gunpoint in Dharuro village in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, reports the pro-al-Shabab al-Furqaan radio station on its website.

He said he had consensual sex with her.

Al-Shabab has recently lost control of several towns, including Barawe, but still controls large swathes of territory in rural areas.

The al-Qaeda linked group, which is estimated to have at least 5,000 fighters, wants to overthrow the UN-backed Somali government.

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