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Three Al-Shabaab members charged for deploying IEDs in Mogadishu

Sunday November 3, 2019

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Three Al-Shabaab militants appeared in a military court in Mogadishu Sunday to face charges of membership to the outlawed group and deploying bombs targeting government and AMISOM forces.

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The court heard that Abdikarim Mohamed Mohamud and Abdiqani Ali Mohamud were responsible for burying nine Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on roads used by security forces in the outskirts of Mogadishu.

The third suspect, Ali Muhidin Abshir was charged with storing the IEDs in a clothes shop where he posed as a tailor.

The first two suspects were arrested at the livestock market in the outskirts of Mogadishu June 29, 2019 while the third suspect- Ali Muhidin was nabbed by security forces on July 6 this year.

Al-Shabaab has variously planted IEDs within Mogadishu and its outskirts targeting Somali security forces and their African Union counterparts leading to deaths and injuries in some cases.

A city cleaner was killed Monday at Taleh junction in Mogadishu when an IED supposedly hidden in a pile of rubbish went off killing her instantly.
The trial continues.

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