Saturday, June 18, 2016

43 al Shabaab militants sentenced to death in Somalia

(The Nation) - A Somalia court on Saturday sentenced 43 Islamist militants to death in the north-eastern city of Garowe in Puntland region for their role in recent attacks on the region.

Abdullahi Hersi Eed, Puntland’s Regional Attorney General, said the court sentenced the militants to death for their role in the attack, which left 24 soldiers dead and another 73 wounded in the region.

The militants were members of al-Shabaab, an organisation of Sunni extremists that has been fighting for the domination of Somalia for years, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The Islamist insurgents want to set up a theocracy in the country.

Al The defendants were given one month to appeal the verdict.
“All of the defendants admitted their guilt, insisting they took part in the recent attacks,” Hersi Eed said.

The court delayed the hearings of two militants, who were under 16 years old.