A teenager was thrown to her death off a sixth-flooring building in the Somali capital of Mogadishu after she had been gang-raped by at least 11 men.
Hamdi Mohamed Farah, 19, was raped and then thrown to her death off a sixth-floor building on the 11 September, according to local media reports.
Police say that 11 men have been arrested as suspects, whilst efforts are ongoing to track and identify if there were any others involved.
The student was reportedly invited to a location in Mogadishu’s Wabari district by a man who she believed was her friend.
The victim was then gang-raped by at least 11 men, who then threw her off a sixth-floor building in the capital, police allege.
According to Hamdi’s relatives, the young girl had left her home on the Friday afternoon. Later on in the day, they received a call to say that her body was at the mortuary at Medina Hospital.
As of Monday, the police say they have arrested 11 men who are suspected members of a gang.
In a statement, authorities said: “We have arrested 11 people over the recent rape case in Wabari neighborhood in Mogadishu and efforts to track and identify other suspects are ongoing.”
In Somalia, the incident has evoked outrage and protests, with Sheikh Bashir Ahmed Salad, chairman of Somalia’s religious council, demanding that justice be served and the perpetrators be punished for their horrific crimes.
In a news conference which took place in the capital, he said: “I and other religious leaders are demanding of the government that it should conduct a serious investigation into this rape case – Hamdi and her family need justice.”
Somali senator Ilyas Ali Hassan said in a tweet: “The rising cases of gruesome rape and killing of our young girls and boys is not only unacceptable but shameful.
“These incidents are heinous and are against our Islamic and human rights law.”
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that she had been left feeling “alarmed” by the number of reports being received over sexual violence “against women, girls and boys”, whilst little is done to investigate.