Mogadishu – Somali military court on Saturday sentenced two Daesh/ISIS militants to eight years for their involvement in terror activities in Mogadishu.
The chairperson of the court, Hassan Ali Nur Shute, announced that Abdiqani Adan Ali (Elmi) and Ahmed Ali Diriye (Moalim Ahmed), former members of al-Shabab militants, were now associated with ISIS.
Security forces apprehended Abdiqani, who was carrying a bag containing two F1 bombs, intending to hand them over to Ahmed Ali Diriye at the Alnur Mosque in Dabakayo Madow (Black Show) in Dharkenley village on October 16th of this year. Explosive materials were also discovered in Abdiqani’s house.
Daesh/ISIS, known to be active in Somalia’s mountainous Bari region, has claimed responsibility for several attacks in the Horn of Africa nation.
Late last year, the US imposed sanctions targeting Daesh/ISIS in Somalia and other terrorists it accused of being involved in a “terrorist weapons trafficking network” in Eastern Africa. In 2018, the US State Department placed Daesh/ISIS in Somalia on its Specially Designated Global Terrorist list.