Somalia executes three over 2017 hotel attack

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Somalia’s military has executed three men found guilty of carrying out a deadly attack on a hotel in the capital Mogadishu in 2017.

A statement issued by the military said the three were shot dead by a firing squad at a police academy in Mogadishu on Wednesday.

The men, accused of being al Shabaab members, were convicted of participating in an assault on Nasa-Hablod hotel which killed 18 people and wounded 47 others in October, 2017.

Al Shabaab, an Islamist militant group which is trying to topple Somalia’s central government, was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.

They however continue to operate in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, whose troops form part of the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force that helps defend the Somali government.

 

 




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