Somali militants claim to execute Kenyan soldier

AP News
Posted: Feb 15, 2013 4:28 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia claim to have executed a Kenyan soldier after the Kenyan government failed to meet their demands.

The members of al-Shabab said in a statement Friday that they executed an army private after the expiration of Thursday's deadline to have their demands met. The militants want the release of all "Muslim prisoners being held on so-called terrorism charges in Kenya."

Al-Shabab threatened to execute the five remaining Kenyan hostages in 72 hours. Kenya has said it will not negotiate with terrorists.

Kenya has suffered a spate of gun and explosive attacks since it deployed troops to Somalia to fight the militants in October 2011. This move came after cross-border attacks blamed on the militants.