A Somali-based military court today 30th May 2016 has sentenced two to life imprisonment for being the ones behind a bomb blast that left a huge hole in the fuselage of Daallo airline which was destined for Djibouti on February 3.
The plane managed to have an emergency landing in Mogadishu airport. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to Mumin Abdullahi, the deputy prosecutor for Smalia’s national forces, those sentenced were security officer and an al Shabaab member believed to had a hand in the botched airline attack.
Abdiweli Mohamed, the security head of the civil aviation and Areys Hashi were sentenced to life in prison.
Areys Hashi is a member of the Somali-based Al-Shabaab believed to have funded the operation.
Eight other workers at the airport, security screeners, a police officer, a porter and immigration officers were sentenced to jail terms ranging six months to four years.
Daallo airline had picked 70 stranded Turkish airlines passengers to fly them to Djibouti and the suicide bomber managed to get into the plane to make a total of 74 including the cabin crew.
Al-Shabaab has been waging attacks to topple the Western –backed Somalia Government and impose strict version of Islamic Sharia law. The militants in the past have attacked Turkish embassy in Mogadishu.