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Militant Group Stones Woman to Death

Al-Shabab militants in Somalia execute her because she had multiple husbands
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2018 12:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – A militant group in Somalia on Wednesday enacted a brutal sentence on a woman accused of having multiple husbands. Militants with al-Shabab buried the woman up to her neck, then pelted her to death with stones, while residents in the town of Sablale looked on. The death sentence came after 30-year-old Shukri Abdullahi Warsame was brought to court alongside nine men who claimed her as their wife, reports Reuters. A 10th husband died, while another is said to have divorced her, reports Somalia's Garowe Online.

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Under Islamic law, men can have up to four wives, but women are banned from having more than one husband, and a divorce is only granted with permission from the husband or a religious court, reports the BBC. Al-Shabab, which practices a strict version of Sharia law, is known to sentence to death women accused of adultery and other crimes. Reuters notes that courts set up by al-Shabab block legal representation, as well as appeals. Garowe Online reports Abdullahi had eight children. (Read more al-Shabab stories.)

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