Somali regional authorities in Galkayo town have executed 18 Al-Shabaab militants convicted for the assassinations of elite community leaders over the years.
The 18 were executed after being sentenced to death earlier by the court.
Chairperson of Puntland State court Mohamud Abdi Mohamed said their court proceedings followed through different stages before the execution.
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“Puntland State Court of Armed Forces executed 18 Al-Shabaab militants this morning. These convicts were all behind the killings of many of our important people here. The court took the right action against them,” Mohamed said.
This is the largest single execution of Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia.
Al-Shabaab militants termed the execution a massacre of innocent civilians by the Puntland state.
This comes days after the Somali National Army’s commandos destroyed secret bases belonging to Al-Shabaab terrorists in a planned security operation in the Middle Shabelle region.
So far, 14 Al-Shabaab hideouts in the region have been destroyed in the past one month
officials have vowed to bring to justice any member of the terrorist group or those who engage in terrorist activities.