Somali Military court sentences suspects of Daallo Airline attack

Somalia’s military court in Mogadishu has on Monday pronounced sentence on Daallo Airline suicide attack suspects.

Abdiwali Mohmoud Mo’ow who was the security chief of aviation agency at Adan Aden International Airport  was given life in jail sentence.

Arays Hashi Abdi a businessman who said to be the main mastermind of the attack received the sentences in absentia.

Abshir Mohmmed Malin and Safiyo Abdullahi Hassan- the security scan operators sentenced to four years in military jail.

Liban Mohammad Yalahow, Omar Muhaydadin Hassuin, Mohammad and  Abdi Ilmi have been slapped with a sentence of one year in military jail

Bashir Abdullahi Afrah, Ali Nor Salad And Adan Dahir Salad Shiekhow sentenced to 6 months in military Jail.

Five others were acquitted after they were found not guilty.

On 2nd February laptop bomber identified as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, an elderly Somali national attacked Daallo Airlines Flight 3159.

The suspected suicide bomber detonated on board the Somalia-owned Daallo Airlines plane in mid-air, as it took off from Aden Adde International airport in Mogadishu.

The explosion failed to down the commercial jet, but it left a gaping hole in the fuselage

The force of the blast sucked the alleged bomber out of the plane’s cabin. His body fell to the ground near the district of Bal’ad, about 20 miles from the capital, where it was recovered by authorities.

The pilot of the Airbus A321 was forced to make an emergency landing just minutes after takeoff.

The security footage released days later showed two men – one wearing a bright orange airport security vest (said to be Abdiweli, who is now sentenced to life in jail)– handing over what looks like a laptop case to a passenger waiting to board. Investigators said the laptop-like bag contained the bomb that was detonated on board the Djibouti-bound flight.

Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a purported bomb attack on a passenger plane, saying it was targeted at Western officials and Turkish NATO forces.

Al Shabab said the operation was “retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their intelligence agencies against the Muslims of Somalia”.

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