Al-Shabab fighters have killed at least six politicians in Somalia's strategic southern town of Kismayo, after accusing the victims of espionage activities.
The fighters said the six were spying for the Somali government, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday.
Al-Shabab is fighting with the UN-backed administration for control of the country.
Despite President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed's efforts to bring long-feuding Somali factions together, most of the capital and large areas in the country remain under the clans' and the fighters' rule.
Somalia has lacked a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Clashes between rival factions as well as famine and disease have claimed the lives of over one million people in the past two decades.