Death for 2 Shabaab militants as military top court upholds verdict

One of the defendants was behind Hotel Sahafi bombing that claimed 32 lives and injured 69 last November

A military appeals court in Mogadishu has upheld the death sentence against two Al-Shabaab militants one of whom was involved in the Hotel Sahafi attack that claimed 32 lives last November.

The Military Supreme Court quashed attempts by Osman Abukar Omar aka Asad and his co-accused Ali Boorow Adan aka Abdihakin to overturn the ruling by the Court of First Instance on March 20, 2019.

The Court declared the offences committed by Asad (21 years old) from Middle Shabelle and Abdihakin (25) from Baidoa warranted a date with the firing squad.

According to the ruling, Asad confessed to being a member of the militant group Al-Shabaab and had participated in several terrorist attacks in the capital Mogadishu.

The court established that Asad was behind the deadly bombings at Hotel Sahafi on November 9, 2018, which killed 32 people and injured 69 others. Four huge bombs went off in intervals of about 15 minutes within Hotel Sahafi area in KM4 in Mogadishu leaving in its wake death and massive destruction of property.

Asad, the court also established drove into a car ferrying a family killing one and injuring five others in Hodan district, Mogadishu on August 15, 2018. He was also behind another attack along Via Roma in Hamarweyne where two people were killed.

The 21-year-old man was arrested on November 22, 2018, while getting off a bombs laden vehicle in Daljirka Dahsoon area in Mogadishu. The first car had just exploded killing two teachers from Yasin Osman School in Mogadishu.



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