|Somalia's al-Shabab beheads 'spies'|
An armed group that has vowed to overthrow Somalia's UN-backed government has beheaded seven people it accused of being "spies" or having abandoned Islam, witnesses have said.
"My husband was missing up to 20 days. Al-Shabaab confirmed to us that he and six others were beheaded. We are waiting for his dead body," Maryan, the wife of one of the victims, told the Reuters news agency on Friday.
"Al-Shabab told us that they were beheaded for reasons they described as being Christian followers and spies," Aden, a relative of another of victims told the Reuters news agency.
However, after Ahmed became president as part of a UN-brokered peace deal, his former allies called him a "traitor" and vowed to topple his government.
"It's also linked to them wanting to terrorise the population under their control under the guise of applying sharia law."
Last month, four men each had a hand and foot amputated after being accused of theft in Mogadishu and another man accused of rape and murder was stoned to death in a town south of the capital.
"This is not a war between Somali clans. It is a war against foreign forces who come into the country to overthrow the government that has been elected constitutionally by the Somali people and supported by the international community."