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Somalia Executes Shabaab Perpetrators of Mogadishu Hotel Attack

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Wed, 10 Jul 2019 23:30 GMT

Three members of the insurgent group al-Shabaab were executed by firing squad in Somalia on xxxx. They had been convicted of taking part in the bombing of a Mogadishu hotel in 2017, causing the deaths of 18 people, Somalia's state news agency said.

"They were accused of being al-Shabaab members. They were also among the attackers in the bombing of the Nasahablod Two Hotel, in which 18 people died and 47 others were injured," Somalia's state news agency said on its website.

Al-Shabaab is a militant group that was the armed wing of the Islamic Courts Union. In 2012, the group pledged alliance to Al-Qaeda.

The Islamist movement has been known for attempts to topple Somalia's central government. Although it was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011, and has been driven from most of its other strongholds, its fighters have frequently carried out bombings in Somalia and Kenya.

“The Somali government welcomes the success attained by the Somali government forces backed by AMISOM (African Union Mission to Somalia) who defeated the enemy al-Shabaab,” then President of Somalia Sheikh Sharif Ahmed told a news conference at his residence in August 2011, Reuters reported.