Mali Islamists stone couple to death for alleged adultery


BAMAKO — An al-Qaida-linked Islamic militant group in control of northern Mali stoned to death a married couple accused of engaging in extramarital affairs, the group’s spokesman said.

The couple was publicly executed in the remote town of Aguelhok, near the vast West African nation’s northern border with Algeria, on Sunday, a spokesman for the Ansar Dine group told Reuters. “These two people were married and had extraconjugal relations. Our men on the ground in Aguelhok applied Sharia (Islamic law),” said Sanda Ould Bounama, reached by telephone on Monday.

“They both died right away and even asked for this application. We don’t have to answer to anyone over the application of Sharia,” he said.