Angola spy chief in Somalia over 2016 Daallo Airline bombing
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Angola intelligence chief Gen. José Luís Caetano Higino de Sousa has arrived on Tuesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
De Sousa was welcomed and was then, held talks with his Somali counterpart Fahad Yasin in the capital, Mogadishu.
The two spy chiefs discussed on ways Angola could benefit from Somali intelligence’s (NISA) counter-terror strategy program, in a statement tweeted by NISA, without further details.
The visit by De Sousa follows the ongoing investigation into the Daallo Airline laptop bombing in 2016 while the bomber’s ticket was reportedly bought by a travel office in Angola’s capital, Luanda, said, Voice of America journalist Harun Macruf.
He says his visit comes when Somalia intelligence took some symbols to Angola.
Daallo Airlines Attack
On 2 February 2016, a laptop explosion occurred on board the Daallo Airlines, shortly after 20 minutes when it took off from Somali capital, Mogadishu.
The aircraft was able to return to the airport safely, with one fatality (the bomber) reported, according to security officials.
A subsequent investigation indicated that the explosion was caused by a suicide attack.
The pilot of Flight 159, bound for Djibouti with 74 passengers on board made an emergency landing about 15 minutes after take-off from Mogadishu as the blast blew a hole in the aircraft.
A total of ten people were convicted in relation to the plot, security officials said.
The Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the bombing
In a statement, the group said it carried out the attack as “retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their intelligence agencies against Muslims of Somalia.”
The al Qaeda linked group Al-Shabab said the explosion targeted Western and Turkish intelligence officials aboard Daallo Airlines Flight A321 to Djibouti.