Somalia executes 3, including ex-army officer worked for Al-Shabab


MOGADISHU [SMN] – Somalia’s armed forces court on Wednesday morning executed three men convicted of working with Al-Shabaab, the Al-Qaeda affiliate in East Africa.


The convicts – Mohammed Abdulle Abkow (Biyamalow), Sharif Mohamed Barqadle (Jeego) and Mohamed Abdi Nur Jirow (Dr. Fanah) faced the firing squad in the morning.

Dr Fanah masqueraded as a specialised medical doctor and an army major to hide from the eyes of the security agencies. He also used Govt and aid agencies’ IDs.

The fake doctor said in an interview prior to his execution that he acquired military uniforms, decorated with the rank of ‘major’ and identity cards from the ministry of health.

He arranged suicide attacks in Mogadishu, including one targeted delegates representing Somaliland during the election of the members of parliament last year.

The court said Jeego, a former army officer allowed Al Shabaab car bombs to pass through checkpoints and park at busy commercial areas in Mogadishu, including Village Hotel and Restaurant, Bar Italia, Agaweyne – Bilsan Restaurant and Lido beach.

All of the car bomb attacks that occured in 2019 claimed the lives of at least 27 people.

The security agencies of the government succeeded in arresting the men after getting their information of working in the name of the army to facilitate Al-Shabaab attacks.

The military court appears to have expedited the executions weeks after the government began a military offensive against Al-Shabaab. Dozens of militants were executed.

Today’s execution came 24 hours after at least five people were killed and 11 others wounded, including Gedo governor, in a suicide attack in southern Somalia, police said.


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