SourceKatharine Houreld wrote:NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali Islamist fighters on Friday beheaded seven prisoners accused of abandoning the Muslim faith and spying for the government in the largest mass execution since the Islamists were pushed from power two and a half years ago.
The public killings in the southwestern town of Baidoa followed weeks of fierce fighting as the Islamists try to seize Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, amid mounting concerns about the influx of hundreds of foreign fighters to the failed state.
The beheadings may be linked to the Islamists' failure to take Mogadishu after a 2-month-old offensive, said a senior analyst at global intelligence company Stratfor.
In another version of this report the seven people murdered are reported to have converted to Christianity. Whether their killing had a genuine religious motivation or was simply the act of a paranoid army of thugs finding scapegoats to execute is open to question. However in October last year al-Shabaab beheaded an aid worker, Muhammad Mansur, for becoming Christian.