Al-Shabaab releases video showing prisoners’ executions


Somali Islamist extremist group al-Shabaab has released a harrowing video showing its members executing soldiers believed to be part of the African Union troops it kidnapped during an attack on their base in Somalia in September.

The video was reported by SITE Intelligence Group on Tuesday. It shows armed fighters tearing through what looks to be a camp for Ugandan troops.

Al-Shabaab said that it killed more than 50 Ugandan troops in the attack on a base for peacekeepers in the town of Janale. Ugandan officials however reported only 19 deaths.

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni was reported to have said that al-Shabaab may have taken some prisoners and blamed the commanders for being “asleep” when the attack happened.

This particular video shows an alleged Ugandan prisoner in handcuffs and other soldiers being shot at close range by the group’s militants.