Somalia’s military officials says that it has executed three men convicted of carrying out a deadly attack on a hotel in the capital in 2017.
A statement issued by the military said the three were shot dead by a firing squad at a police academy in Mogadishu Wednesday.
The men were convicted of participating in an assault on Nasa-Hablod hotel which killed 18 people and wounded 47 others in October 2017.
The three were members of Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebels and were arrested during the attack on the hotel.
Somalia’s homegrown extremist group, al-Shabab, is allied to al-Qaida. The rebels were pushed out of the capital, several years ago, but they continue to operate in the countryside and frequently carry out violent attacks on hotels in Mogadishu. However the has not been successful with merciless killing lately as the somali security gain more intelligence against Al shabaab.The commander of the Army infantry division, General Odowa Yusuf Rageh told the state media that they have pushed Al-Shabaab out of two areas near Hudur, the region’s capital during the operation.
Recently, Somali and AU forces intensified pressure on the Al-Qaeda-linked group as part of efforts to regain control of the entire country which is set to hold first one person, one vote polls in 2020-2021.
Al-Shabaab has been driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, but, the militants still capable of staging attacks in the government-controlled areas in Somalia.