The militant Somalia-based group al Shabaab convicted and ordered the killing of a woman after their court found her guilty of polyandry.
The court ruled that Shukri Abdullahi Warsame, who was accused of marrying 11 times, without divorcing previous husbands, should be killed by stoning.
She had pleaded guilty to the crime. Al-Shabab fighters in Sablale town, in the country’s southeastern region, buried the woman neck deep in the sand and pelted her with stones until she died.
The militant group controls large swathes of Somalia and often conducts raids and attacks in its attempt to overthrow the central government based in the capital, Mogadishu.
Mohamed Abu Usama, al-Shabab’s governor for the Lower Shabelle region, told Reuters: “Shukri Abdullahi and nine husbands, including her legal husband, were brought at the court, each saying she was his wife.“
According to Islamic law, polyandry – a woman having more than one husband – is illegal but men are allowed to marry up to four wives.
Divorce is allowed for both partners but while men can separate from their wives, the woman has to seek the husbands’s consent. If denied, she can go to religious court to get the approval.
A news site run by the militants said Ms Abdullahi was in “perfect” health, and pleaded guilty to the charges, when she appeared in court in Sablale, 200km (125 miles) south-west of Mogadishu .
Divorces are common in Somalia but the details of this case are unusual, the BBC Somali Service’s Mowliid Haji Abdi says.
The militants are known to mete out harsh physical punishments for what they consider as religious infractions. It is not the first time such a cruel punishment had been meted out by the militant group.
In 2014, the group also stoned a 33-year-old mother for marrying four men in the southern town of Barawe. Just like Warsame, she had pleaded guilty to her crime after the men she had married testified against her.
Another incident took place in 2017 at the town of Saakow, some 400km south of the capital, Mogadishu. The mother of eight had been married to a second man after leaving her first husband due to lack of support.
In the same year, the Somali Islamist insurgents stoned a man to death as punishment for alleged adultery, they said, a reminder that the militia is still strong enough to carry out public executions despite losing its grip on most towns and cities.
Hundreds of witnesses watched the death of 44-year-old Dayow Mohamed Hassan in Ramo Adey village in the south-central Bay region, the regional governor representing the al Qaeda-linked insurgency said.