The U.S. government condemns in the strongest possible terms the double-amputations carried out on four Somali boys in Mogadishu today. This barbaric act, carried out by al-Shabaab as punishment for theft, is a gross perversion of Islamic and Sharia law. The boys’ families have been punished as well: they will spend the rest of their lives caring for these permanently disabled young men.
Al-Shabaab claims to be working in the best interests of Somalia. Today’s actions were yet another demonstration of their complete disregard for the welfare of Somalis.