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Somalia executes 3 over deadly 2017 hotel attack

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (Associated Press) — Somalia’s military says it executed three men convicted of carrying out a deadly attack on a hotel in the capital in 2017.

A statement issued by the military said the three were shot dead by a firing squad at a police academy in Mogadishu Wednesday.

The men were convicted of participating in an assault on Nasa-Hablod hotel which killed 18 people and wounded 47 others in October, 2017.

The three were members of Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebels and were arrested during the attack on the hotel.

Somalia’s homegrown extremist group, al-Shabab, is allied to al-Qaida. The rebels were pushed out of the capital, several years ago, but they continue to operate in the countryside and frequently carry out violence attacks on hotels in Mogadishu.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 10, 2019 at 09:59AM

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