En 23 år gammel kvinne ble nylig stenet i Somalias havneby Kismayo for utroskap. Det var ekstreme islamistiske eldre som ga ordre om steningen. Slektninger av kvinnen forsøkte å redde henne, men ble holdt tilbake med våpenmakt. Et barn ble skutt og drept.

During the stoning furious relatives surged forward to try to save the woman, prompting guards to open fire, killing a child.

Hundreds of people gathered in a square in the Islamist-held port town of Kismayo to watch the execution, which had been ordered by a council of hardline elders.

The woman, named as Asha Ibrahim Dhuhulow, was buried up to her neck in the ground and stones hurled at her head until she died, according to witnesses.

«A woman in green veil and black mask was brought in a car as we waited to watch the merciless act of stoning,» one local resident, Abdullahi Aden, said.

«We were told she submitted herself to be punished, yet we could see her screaming as she was forcefully bound, legs and hands. A relative of hers ran towards her, but the Islamists opened fire and killed a child.»

Such scenes have rarely been seen in Somalia since the fall of the Islamic Courts Union, the hardline Islamist council which overtook much of the country’s south and ruled for the second half of 2006.

Islamists stone ‘adulterous’ Somali woman to death