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Puntland executes men convicted of raping and killing 12-year-old Girl

Puntland authorities in northeastern Somalia have executed two men convicted of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl last year.

The officials in Puntland said the authorities this morning executed two of tbree men convicted for the gang rape and murder of Aisha Ilyaas Aden.

The men executed are Abdifatah Abdirahman Fatah and Abdishakur Mohamed Dige while the exwecution of the third one was delayed.

According to the authorities, the third men who is identified Abdisalan Abdirahman Warsame will be kept in custody for ten days following request to delay the execution by the father of Aisha.

Aisha Ilyaas Aden was abducted, gang raped and killed near her home in Galkayo, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, in February 2019.

The case caused uproar and sparked demonstrations across the country.

Ten suspects were initially arrested but the regional High Court found three of them guilty in last May.

Prosecutors said they relied on DNA evidence for the first time to convict them.

The three including two brothers were sentenced to death but they sought appeal.

Last August, An appeal court in Puntland state upheld the death sentence for three men.

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