*Source: DTN News / AFP (NSI News Source Info) MOGADISHU, Somalia - July 18, 2009: Two French agents held by rebels in Somalia will be tried soon under Koranic Sharia law, an official of the radical Islamic Shebab rebel group told AFP. Islamic rebels patrol the streets of Mogadishu July 17, 2009. Al Qaeda-linked fighters in Somalia's al Shabaab rebel group are battling to oust President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, himself a former Islamist insurgent who joined a peace process last year. "The men were caught assisting the apostate government and their spies, so that they will soon be tried and punished under Sharia law," the senior Shebab official said on condition of anonymity. "They will face the court for spying and entering Somalia to assist the enemies of Allah." The two agents, in Somalia to aid the beleaguered transitional government, were snatched at gunpoint from their hotel in central Mogadishu early Tuesday.
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