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Somali Islamists slam soldier abuse video

30 November 2012, 10:18wd

Nairobi - A video that appears to show Kenyan troops beating militant suspects has opened the force to criticism from al-Qaeda-linked militants who are known for carrying out harsh punishments like stonings, amputations and beheadings.

An al-Shabaab spokesperson claimed on Twitter that a video obtained by a Kenyan TV station shows Kenyan troops abusing Muslims. The spokesperson said the video shows that Kenyan troops are waging war on Islam.

Kenyan military spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said on Thursday that investigations are being conducted to find out the identity of the men in the video. Soldiers surround two suspects and beat them with sticks while asking questions about al-Shabaab in Swahili, the main language spoken in Kenya.

Kenya sent troops to Somalia last year to pursue al-Shabaab rebels after a wave of cross-border attacks.

- AP

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