The first reported sharia killing by Islamists in northern Mali took place on Sunday when an unmarried couple was stoned to death in Aguelhok. Since they occupied the area, the Al-Qaeda linked Islamist group has been putting a lot of up pressure on the interim government of President Dioncounda Traore.
This execution is coming against the backdrop of the interim government’s finalizing of the process of forming a unity government – an action which foreign partners have demanded of it, latest by Tuesday, in order to be able to take decisive action against the jihadists who have divided the nation into two.
Meanwhile, as the country’s leaders grappled for solutions to the crisis in the nation, the Al-Qaeda linked Islamists grew bolder, dragging a rural couple to the centre of the town of Aguelhok on Sunday for a public stoning.
According to a local government official who spoke on condition of anonymity, “I was there. The Islamists took the unmarried couple to the centre of Aguelhok. The couple was placed in two holes and the Islamists stoned them to death… The woman fainted after the first few blows.” Information also has it that the couple had two children the youngest of which was six months old.