Qaeda kills 2 Yemeni 'sorcerers': security

Qaeda kills 2 Yemeni 'sorcerers': security
Tribesmen attend a tribal gathering to show support to authorities against al Qaeda militants in their areas in the Arhab region north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa May 29, 2014.

ADEN - Al-Qaeda gunmen have killed two people in southeast Yemen because they believed they were practising witchcraft and sorcery, which are forbidden under Islam, a security official told AFP on Sunday.

The killings took place late on Saturday in the town of Shehr in Hadramawt province, the official said.

"Al-Qaeda gunmen on a motorbike opened fire on Omar Abdelhafiz, killing him immediately," the official said.

Several hours later, two other extremists killed another Shehr resident, hairdresser Saeed al-Hadrami, the source added.

Jihadists had several times threatened both men, accusing them of "practising witchcraft and sorcery", the official said.

Taking advantage of a collapse of central authority during a 2011 uprising that forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power, Al-Qaeda seized swathes of the south and east.

The militants imposed a strict version of Islamic law, executing or lashing those they accused of various crimes, including homosexuality and sorcery.

Those accused of theft had hands cut off.

More about

yemen
Purchase this article for republication.

BRANDINSIDER

SPONSORED

Most Read

Your daily good stuff - AsiaOne stories delivered straight to your inbox
By signing up, you agree to our Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions.