A military court in northern Somalia town of Bosaso has sentenced seven suspected al-Shabab Islamist militants to death.
Abdifatah Haji Aden, the chairperson of Puntland’s military court, said,the militants had been proven to be part of a high-profile assassination against Puntland officials, the Voice of America (VOA) reported.
Aden earlier accused the militants of having carried out coordinated assassinations against Puntland officials.
“After all the court proceeding including hearings and the presentation of evidences, the court sentences these seven men to death,” Aden said.
The seven suspected al-Shabab Islamist militants were sentenced to death on Monday.
“They can take an appeal within 30 days otherwise the sentence will be carried out.”
However, the defendants’ lawyers said the trial was a sham. They said the trial was unfair and no credible evidence had been brought before the court.
Shortly after sentencing, some of the defendants shouted out that they were innocent.
Over the last three months, three senior Puntland officials were killed in the port city of Bosaso by suspected militants.
Meanwhile, three people were killed and three others injured early Monday when suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a government military post in Qalimow Village, 50 kilometres north of Mogadishu.
Witnesses and officials told VOA that those killed included two government soldiers and one militant.