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Somali Islamists execute two

world Updated: Dec 15, 2009 00:00 IST

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Somali rebels have executed two men for adultery and murder, but the verdict prompted a battle between two insurgent factions that killed three of the gunmen, witnesses said on Monday.

It was the first time Hizbul Islam guerrillas had meted out the type of punishments that are usually associated with the more hardline al Shabaab rebel group, which the United States says is Al Qaeda’s proxy in the failed Horn of Africa state.