Two Somalia soldiers were executed Tuesday after being convicted of raping a 10-year-old boy who died from the bleeding.
The two soldiers in Baidoa town in southwestern Somalia raped the boy in July after luring him into an isolated area.
The two soldiers who were executed on Tuesday after they confessed to the crime, Southwestern provincial/regional information minister Ilyas Said Ali said.
The minister also confirmed the arrests of more people in connection with the other two rape cases.
Somalis on social media have urged authorities to bring perpetrators of the attacks to justice. Rape suspects often avoid prosecutions in this Horn of Africa nation, where the justice system remains weak.
Traditional elders often try to settle rape cases through talks among elders representing the perpetrator and the victim, but local activists subsequently urged the suspects to face trial under a tough new law against sex crimes.
Under the new law, those found guilty of rape can be jailed for up to 10 years without the option of a fine. However, some of them could face the death penalty.