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Saturday, November 01, 2008 
23:40 Mecca time, 20:40 GMT

      Somali fighters stone 'rape victim' 
     
     
                 
                  In recent months the Islamic Courts' al-Shebab group appears 
to have gained strength [EPA]  
           
      A Somali girl who said she had been raped has been stoned to death in 
Somalia after being accused of adultery, a human rights group has said.

      Amnesty International said in a press release on Friday that the victim, 
Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow, had been 13 years old - not 23 as earlier reports had 
suggested.

      Duhulow was stoned to death on October 27 by dozens of men in a stadium 
packed with 1,000 spectators in the southern port city of Kismayo, Amnesty 
International and Somali media reported, citing witnesses.

      The armed group in charge of Kismayo had accused her of adultery after 
she reported that three men had raped her, Amnesty said.

      "This child suffered a horrendous death at the behest of the armed 
opposition groups who currently control Kismayo," David Copeman, Amnesty 
International's Somalia campaigner, said in a statement.

      Initial local media reports said Duhulow was 23, but her father told 
Amnesty International she was 13.

      The Islamic Courts took control of much of Somalia in 2006, triggering an 
intervention by neighbouring Ethiopia, which propped up the UN-backed 
transitional government and ousted the Islamic Courts fighters.
         
      While the group's political leadership largely fled the country, the 
movement's military and youth wing, the al-Shebab, switched to guerrilla 
warfare.

      In recent months the group appears to have gained strength, taking over 
the port city of Kismayo, and dismantling pro-government roadblocks
     

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