UK’s Development Minister meets with Somalia president
Witnesses said that a Shebab firing squad on Wednesday shot dead two teenage girls accused of spying in front of hundreds of residents in the central town of Beledweyne.
"We are horrified by reports of the execution," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said, condemning the killings "in the strongest possible terms."
"This makes clear that al-Shebab continues to deprive the Somali people of security, peace and stability," Crowley told reporters.
The United States considers the Shebab a terrorist organization and has sent arms to the weak central government, viewing it as the best hope to try to end two decades of virtual anarchy in the Horn of Africa nation.
UK Minister Mitchell praised the Somali government and its people for their courage and commitment to fight against Al-Shabaab and progress in debt relief through economic reforms.