Al-Qaeda in Yemen claims killing of men over witchcraft

Armed group hands out flyers in the town of Mayfaa, claiming killing of four men suspected of practising sorcery.

    Al-Qaeda is fighting both Houthi rebels and government-allied forces in Yemen [EPA]
    Al-Qaeda is fighting both Houthi rebels and government-allied forces in Yemen [EPA]

    Al-Qaeda in Yemen has claimed to have killed four men suspected of practising witchcraft and sorcery in an area controlled by the fighters. 

    Yemeni al-Qaeda leader confirmed dead in US strike

    Residents of Mayfaa town in the southeastern province of Hadramout said on Saturday that al-Qaeda fighters had distributed a pamphlet naming the four men.

    It did not say when the killings were carried out, but a neighbour of one of the victims told the AFP news agency that he had been missing for days.

    "We have implemented Allah's ruling against them, which is the death sentence," said the flyer that was also posted on walls in the area.

    "We call upon all Muslims to cooperate with us against this widespread depravity," it said.

    Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, has overran large parts of Hadramout, including Mukalla, the coastal provincial capital.

    It imposed a strict version of Islamic law, executing or lashing those they accused of various crimes, among them homosexuality and sorcery.

    Those accused of theft have their hands cut off.

    The United States considers AQAP as the most dangerous affiliate of the al-Qaeda network.

    It is active across several parts of Yemen, taking advantage of the collapse of central authority during the 2011 uprising that ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.