Terrorists with al-Shabaab beheaded eight elders in a village in central Somalia called Galmadug and shot to death seven others over a dispute over paying an Islamic-imposed tax.
Reuters via the Express has the story, complete with references to terrorists as insurgents:
“The Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab is battling a weak United Nations-backed government in Mogadishu in an effort to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic law in areas of the country it controls.
“‘Al Shabaab ordered us to pay dozens of animals for zakat (Islamic tax) and we rejected this – that is how the fighting started. We killed 10 militants on the first day,’ local elder Nur Abdullahi told Reuters.
“‘So al Shabaab came from every region and fiercely attacked us in five villages. They beheaded eight elders and shot dead seven others on Monday and Tuesday,’ he said.”
The terror group also cut off the village’s telephones, ultimately forcing them to flee without adequate food and water supplies.
Again, from Reuters – including another curious reference to the terrorists as “insurgents”:
“The insurgents could not be immediately reached for comment, but a local official largely confirmed Abdullahi’s account of the incident.
“‘The people are suffering from drought and rejected the zakat imposed by the militants. Some elders were beheaded,’ Abdi Hussein Mohamed, deputy governor of the Mudug region in Galmudug, told Reuters on Wednesday.
“Shabaab also burnt two villages and thousands of families fled. The area is 185 miles away from us and we cannot help them because we are engaged in the election. The federal government has not saved the civilians.”