Three Convicted al-Shabaab operatives executed in Mogadishu

Three members of the Somali Militant Group Al-Shabab were on Monday executed by a firing squad following a ruling by the Somali military court.

They were executed in Mogadishu under the supervision of officials of the Somali Millitary Court.

The trio were convicted in 2019 for several terrorist explosions that claimed lives of government officials and dozens of civilians.

Armed Forces Court found them guilty of murdering 15 people between 2018 and 2020.

Hassan Ali Moallim Barre was convicted for detonating car bomb in Wadajir market, Nov 2018, killing 12. 

Nur Ibrahim Mahad-Alle was found guilty of delivering an Improvised Explosive Device that killed Mahaas deputy mayor in 2019.

Isak Keerow Adan was prosecuted for hurling grenades at civilians, killing two in Suuq Ba’ad and Weydow in 2020.

Al-Shabab controls much of the country’s southern and central parts, and research published in October by the Hiraal Institute said the militants raised more cash than the Somali government.

Thor executions comes just two days after a double bombing hit the centre of Mogadishu has killing more than 100, with close to 300 people injured.

Two huge car bombings rocked Somalia’s Education Ministry in the capital Mogadishu on Saturday

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets the capital and controls large parts of the country, claimed responsibility, saying its objective was to hit the education ministry. 

It claimed the ministry was an “enemy base” that receives support from non-Muslim countries and “is committed to removing Somali children from the Islamic faith.”

Al-Shabab usually doesn’t make claims of responsibility when large numbers of civilians are killed, which was the case in an October 2017 blast at the same site, but it has been angered by a high-profile new offensive by the government that aims to shut down its financial network. 

The group said it is committed to fighting until the country is ruled by Islamic law, and it asked civilians to stay away from government areas.

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