Rapists handed death sentences in Puntland

Monday May 13 2019

The gang-rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl led to street protests and an angry reaction on social media with calls for the Puntland government to take action. PHOTO | AFP

The gang-rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl led to street protests and an angry reaction on social media with calls for the Puntland government to take action. PHOTO | AFP 

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A court has handed down death sentences to three men for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old.

The court in Somalia's northern semi-autonomous state of Puntland acquitted seven others.

The girl was abducted from a market in Galkayo town in February.

Her body was discovered the next morning and a post-mortem found that she had been strangled to death after being gang-raped.

The atrocity led to street protests as well as an angry reaction on social media with calls for the Puntland government to take action.

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