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Al-Shabaab militant behind Somalia bombing sentenced to death

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- A Somali military court on Monday sentenced an Al-Shabaab militant to death and two others to 15 years in jail after convicting them of being behind a deadly bomb attack on November 26, 2016.

Chairperson of the court in Mogadishu Hassan Ali Nur Shute said the three militants are proved to have been behind a car bomb attack that left 30 people dead and 43 others injured at a market in Waberi district.

Abdukadir Abdi Hassan, 40, who admitted that he had carried out the terrorist attack, was sentenced to death, Shute said.

Mohamed Abdulahi Negaye, 60, and Abdinasir Omar Hassan, 23, who facilitated the attack and kept the car in a garage before the mission, got 15 years in army prison, Shute added.

The military court chairperson added that the court released four others who were also arrested in operation after that attack.
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United Nations condemns twin bombings in Somalia

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- The UN top envoy in Somalia on Monday condemned in strongest possible terms the two bomb blasts in Mogadishu that killed a number of civilians.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia Michael Keating said the attacks came at a time when the country is facing severe drought that has left more than 6 million people with acute food shortages.

"These latest attacks come at a time when solidarity, not violence, among Somalis is badly needed. The country is grappling with a severe drought that has already claimed the lives of hundreds of people," Keating said in a statement.

"The timing and suffering caused by today’s blasts are outrageous; this violent extremism can not possibly be justified," Keating said.

A vehicle loaded with explosives hit near a hotel in Mogadishu on Monday morning, killing seven people, while another suicide bomber was killed after ramming through a factory near the military barracks in Mogadishu, killing two civilians.
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Somalia PM vows strong action after Mogadishu twin explosions

MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) -- Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire vowed to bring to book those behind the twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu that claimed at least ten lives.

In a statement issued on Monday, Khaire said his government would ensure the perpetrators face the full force of the law.

"We will ensure our maximum priority to security and I pledge those blood-thirsty people will face the law. We will focus on ensuring the stability of the country," said Khaire.

Militant group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

A vehicle loaded with explosives hit near a hotel in Mogadishu mid-morning, killing seven people, while another suicide bomber was killed after ramming through a factory near the military barracks in Mogadishu, killing two civilians.

             

 

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