Al Shabaab men executed for Somali hotel attack

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Somalia executed three men convicted of participating in the bombing of a Mogadishu hotel that killed 18 people in 2017 as members of the insurgent group al Shabaab, the state-run news agency said.

“They were accused of being al Shabaab members. They were among attackers in the bombing of the Nasahablod Two Hotel, where 18 people died and 47 were injured,” Somalia’s state news agency said on its website.

They were executed by gunshot.

Al Shabaab, an Islamist militant group which is trying to topple Somalia’s central government, was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.

It remains a threat, with fighters frequently carrying out bombings in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, whose troops form part of the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force helping defend the Somali government.