A court in the Somalia capital Mogadishu has sentenced a man to death for his role in the suicide bomb attacks in October 2017.
The attacks killed over 500 people according to official records. It has been tagged the deadliest attack in a country that is beset by onslaughts from Al-Shabaab insurgents.
The convict, Hassan Aden Isak, according to the court was driving a truck intended to be used in a second bombing on the day.
A second person was also handed a similar sentence for his role in the incident. The court sentenced Ibrahim Hassan Absuge in absentia. He is believed to have brought the truck that subsequently detonated.
“Absuge was also the owner of a second truck that was detonated at a vegetable market in Mogadishu’s Waberi district on Nov. 26, 2016, that killed 20,” a Voice of America journalist Harun Maruf added.
The attack drew global condemnation and upped the tempo on the need to defeat terrorism in the Horn of Africa region. President Farmajo visited neighboring Ethiopia, Uganda, and Djibouti to solicit support in the fight against terrorism.
The Horn of Africa region is generally considered a volatile region. The armed conflict in South Sudan, Al-Shabaab’s attacks of Somalia and Kenya, Ethiopia’s internal security concerns and border issues with Eritrea are among some of the security headaches in the region.