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Yemen Qaeda cuts off boy's hand

2011-09-25 21:44

Aden - Al-Qaeda linked militants severed the hand of a 15-year-old boy after he stole electrical cables in a southern Yemeni town, witnesses who had been summoned to watch the punishment said on Sunday.

The militants cut off the boy's hand with a sword in front of dozens of residents of Jaar, in the troubled southern province of Abyan, on Saturday evening before taking the limb around town for all to see.

An AFP correspondent spoke to four witnesses at the scene who confirmed the incident took place. They all requested anonymity due to fears of reprisals from militants.

The witnesses said the militants announced they would also cut off another man's hand later on Sunday. He too had been caught stealing electrical cables, they said.

Under a very strict interpretation of Islamic law, theft is punishable by cutting off the thief's hand.

Since May, al-Qaeda linked militants known as the Partisans of Sharia (Islamic Law) have taken control of several towns in Abyan, including the province's capital Zinjibar.

On September 10, the Yemeni government announced its troops had regained control over Zinjibar but officials later told AFP parts of the city remained in militant hands.

The town of Jaar remains under militant control and residents say there is currently no government presence in the town.

Yemen has witnessed months of political turmoil since a huge wave of protests erupted in January calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's resignation.

Militants have taken advantage of power vacuum and advanced their influence in the southern provinces of Yemen.

In a September 13 statement, the newly appointed CIA director David Petraeus said that al-Qaeda's Yemen-based branch "has emerged as the most dangerous regional node in the global jihad".

Comments
  • Expat - 2011-09-25 22:00

    If they had to cut off the hands of thieves in SA three quarters of the population would have no hands

      Yoni - 2011-09-25 22:19

      And half the men would have no tackle left...

      BigMoose - 2011-09-25 22:19

      The murderers would have no heads, the rapists no dicks, and martyrs would qualify for 72 virgins.

      WhAtEvEr - 2011-09-25 22:56

      maybe the virgins aren't all female

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-25 22:15

    Cruel -- don't do the crime if you can't do the time! Wish the same law can be applied in SA! Half of the government will lose a limb..,never mind the cops and cable thieves

      vaughan.a.wood - 2011-09-25 23:11

      Hey,Gatvol,I feel the exact same sentiments!!! If they brought back the death sentence,they-the fat cats would all have to hang! That's why it was abolished in the first place.Now they are trying to disarm all us whites!!!

  • cameronrh1 - 2011-09-25 22:21

    I think we should adopt their methods, but we could really do without their Islamic radicalism. A good portion of this country wont be able to "high five" after they robbed someone anymore.

  • WhAtEvEr - 2011-09-25 22:43

    With 90 % of people walking around without hands who would feed them, now our problem gets even bigger.

      Sledgedarkwatch - 2011-09-26 07:28

      @Whatever - To solve the problem of feeding..... Let the Hungry eat the Homeless. Problem solved.

  • Cacophony82 - 2011-09-26 07:54

    War makes thieves and peace hangs them. - George Herbert We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. - Aesop How are those that cut off a boy's hand any better than those that steal cables for food?

      Cacophony82 - 2011-09-26 07:56

      Judge not lest ye be judged and found too light....

      Ridah Booley - 2011-09-26 09:08

      the point here that everyone is trying to make. If this REALLY was a democracy, we would have had protection from criminal high(political figures) and low. This system failed us, so we the hardworking have to suffer. Thus, any method to curb this terrible situation is welcomed. Even amputation would seem justified. Yes, the problem is THAT bad that these purps need to die.

      Cacophony82 - 2011-09-26 09:36

      @Ridah - My point is that two wrongs don't make a right. If you take it as a right to react negatively to the negativity in others then you just breed more negativity, which will eventually consume us all. Somebody, somewhere needs to say enough with the he said she said bullsh1t and realize that we are all human beings who all need to eat, sleep and have a bit of hope for a better future. Different but by no means less than each other, ever. As for the teenager with one hand, how will he be able to become a productive part of that society? Is he not now doomed to become a beggar or even worse a thief for the rest of his life, and so on and so forth. People tend to forget that we cannot control what happens to us, but we can always control how we react to what happens to us and we choose whether consciously or not to either be a force for light or dark. You choose, every single second of every single day what you want to put out into this world. Either to love those around you unconditionally for their humanity or to retaliate against them for their perceived wrongdoing against you. (The key-word here being perceived) The choice is yours and will be written up on your Karmic slate, as their actions are written up on theirs. Every person has the ability to change the world, by changing the way they think. Consider Peace, Love, Unity and Respect always and you will keep your side clean and before you know it we might actually just have all those things on Earth :)

      Stun Gun - 2011-09-26 10:24

      @Cacophony82: Cut handeth not of 15 year oldeth, lest ye be heartlesseth.

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