MOGADISHU (AA) – Somalia executed on Sunday three members of the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab involved in an attack on the Presidential palace in capital Mogadishu last month.
“The court martial had every reason to believe that the three were involved in the attack on Villa Somalia,” Somali government spokesman Ridwan Abdiweli told Anadolu Agency.
“They were executed in the morning in Mogadishu,” he added.
Abdiweli said the three were paraded at the Somali Police Academy compound and executed by a firing squad.
The three had been found guilty by a military court of organizing and taking part in the attack on the presidential palace.
On July 8, Al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the heavily fortified Presidential Palace following a suicide car bombing outside its compound.
Five of the attackers were gunned down.
President Hasssan Sheikh Mohamud was not inside the palace at the time of the attack.
The Presidential palace, known as the Villa Somalia, has been attacked twice this year alone.
In a statement emailed to AA, Information Minister Mustafa Sheikh Duhulow said the execution was a clear message to the militants.
“Today’s public execution of the three members of Al-Shabaab shows our commitment to zero tolerance to terrorism,” he said.
“The government is committed to deal with all terrorists heavy-handedly in order for them to face justice in public as we cannot tolerate few groups or individuals to terrorize the public,” added Duhulow.
The Somali government has executed at least 9 Al-Shabaab militants in less than a month.
The Horn of Africa country has remained in the grip of political violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.
The troubled country recently appeared to inch closer to stability with the intervention of African Union troops tasked with bringing Al-Shabaab to heel.
Although the militant group lost most of its, it continues to carry out attacks on Somali government officials and foreign troops.
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