MOGADISHU, Somalia: Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia claimed today that they have executed a Kenyan soldier after the Nairobi government failed to meet their demands.
The Islamic extremist rebels of al-Shabab said in a statement today that they executed an army private after deadline expired yesterday.
The militants want the release of all Muslim prisoners being held on so-called terrorism charges in Kenya.
Al-Shabab threatened to execute the five remaining Kenyan hostages in 72 hours if the Muslim prisoners are not released.
Al-Shabab said the Kenyan government does not value the lives of Kenyan citizens because it had not taken the opportunity to negotiate for the lives of the hostages.
Kenya has said it will not negotiate with terrorists.