WASHINGTON - THE United States on Friday voiced horror at the executions of two girls by Somalia's Shebab, saying it showed the Al-Qaeda-inspired group's disregard for the nation's people.

Witnesses said that a Shebab firing squad on Wednesday shot dead two teenage girls accused of spying in front of hundreds of residents in the central town of Beledweyne.

'We are horrified by reports of the execution,' State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said, condemning the killings 'in the strongest possible terms'.
'This makes clear that Al-Shebab continues to deprive the Somali people of security, peace and stability,' Mr Crowley told reporters.

The United States considers the Shebab a terrorist organisation and has sent arms to the weak central government, viewing it as the best hope to try to end two decades of virtual anarchy in the Horn of Africa nation.

US horrified by girls' execution