A military court in Somalia has sentenced a Kenyan citizen and two other people to death for allegedly being part of a foreign terror group.
Aden Mohamed, 28, who was born in Kenya northern region of Wajir was accused of fighting for the Islamic State [IS] affiliate in Somalia since 2017.
Mohamed was sentenced with two other Somali nationals over an attack in Somalia’s Puntland state. The court established that he had worked with the group for four years before the authorities got a hold of him.
This was the first major case involving a Kenyan youth allegedly working with foreign terror groups. The second suspect, Abshir Mohamed, 47, was also sentenced to death while the third, Mohamud Shiniyow, was sentenced to a 20-year jail term for carrying out assassinations and other terror attacks in Somalia.
The developments in Somalia come at a time when Westgate terror suspects in Kenya are awaiting sentencing.
On October 16, one of the suspects linked to the September 21, 2013 terror attack Liban Abdullah Omar, was freed over lack of evidence.
Two others, Mohamed Ahmed and Hussein Hassan Mustafa were found guilty of the offenses of conspiracy to commit a terrorism act and being in possession of material promoting terrorism activity.
Police have voiced concerns over the radicalization of the youth in several counties in Kenya, with Coast law enforcers recently raising alarm over the reemergence of the separatist group Mombasa Republican Council (MRC).
It is not clear how and when Aden crossed to Somalia but there have been reports of Kenyans youth who have been radicalized crossing the border with Somalia and joining terror groups.
The Kenyan government pledged to renew its war on individuals linked with militant groups. Interior CS Fred Matiang’i ordered the freezing of accounts and property of nine individuals suspected to be financing terrorism activities in the country.Follow us in social media: