Three men accused of raping and brutally murdering a 12-year-old girl in Galkaayo have been sentenced to death.
The three were found guilty of the offence by a court sitting in Galkaayo today. Seven other suspects were acquitted for lack of sufficient evidence linking them to the gory incident in February.
The minor, widely identified as Aisha Ilyas Aden is reported to have disappeared on the evening of February 24 from her home in Galkaayo. Her body was later found the following day with medical and police reports indicating she had been raped and strangled.
The incident sparked uproar in the country with calls for arrest and prosecution of those behind the rape and killing of Aisha.