Horn Dispatch Weekly Security Brief 11.14.23

Somali military court jails nine government employees for spying for al-Shabab. (Screen grab- SNA Radio)

Somali Government Employees Jailed For Spying

In Mogadishu, a military court found nine government employees guilty of espionage for al-Shabab and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from one to ten years.

The court found Abdirahman Mohamed Osman (Macruf), Sharif Nur Ali, Jibril Abdullahi Ali, Abdi Ali Ibaar, Anab Hussein Omar, Awil Jamaa Abdulle, Rahma Abdishakur Ali, Mohamud Ahmed Siyad and Sharmake Musa Ismail guilty for passing information about government workers in Mogadishu to the militant group al-Shabab.

The court sentenced Osman to 10 years in prison, and Sharif Nur Ali and Jibril Abdullahi Ali received eight-year jail terms.

Abdi Ali Ibar, who used to pass information about the group explosions in some areas in Mogadishu, was jailed for five years.

Awil Jamaa Abdulle, Rahma Abdishakur Ali, Mohamud Ahmed Siyad, and Sharmake Musa Ismail received four-year jail terms. Anab Hussein Omar was sentenced to one year in prison.

The military court acquitted Asli Mohamed Disow and Hassan Mohamed Ibrahim.

The Somali government has warned the population against working and giving financial assistance to the militant group al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab Forms Flood Response Committee

Al-Shabab has formed a disaster response committee to deal with the floods in areas under its control.

The militant group spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage, also known as Ali Dheere, said the formed committee to assist communities in dealing with flooding that has killed at least 31 people according to the UN agencies.

Ali Dheere urged the people to work with the committee to mitigate the effects of flooding.

The group said they built flood barriers around Juba and Shabelle rivers to prevent flooding into people’s farms and homes.

Suicide Bomber Killed in Mogadishu Military Academy

Somali security forces say they killed a suicide bomber who targeted the Jalle Siyad military barracks in Mogadishu on Monday.

In a statement published by pro-jihadist group al-Shabab, Radio Andalus claimed to have killed seven soldiers and injured 16 in the military camp attack.

“The operation targeted the forces who returned to Mogadishu after they were defeated in their invasion of Shari’ah-governed central Somalia areas,” the radio station said.

According to the Caasimada Online website, the suicide bomber was shot dead before reaching the troops in a parade.

Somali Forces Killed al-Shabab Militants in Central Region

The Somali deputy minister said government forces and local militias executed the ringleaders of the al-Shabab militants and others apprehended in a security operation in the Ceeldheer district, Galgaduud region.

The deputy minister for Information, Culture, and Tourism of the Federal Government of Somalia, HE Abdirahman Yusuf Al Adala, told SONNA that government forces killed several militants, and a prominent member of the group Abaas Garoobshe was arrested in central Somalia.

The government forces and clan militias continue to carry out military offensives against al-Shabab in central regions, liberating several villages in the past few weeks.

A Somali Soldier Sentenced to Death in Baidoa

A military court in the South-west regional state of Somalia ordered the execution of a soldier for killing Abdiweli Hassan Ali in Baidoa.

The soldier Muzamil Mohamed Abdi was found guilty of the killing of the 14-year-old rickshaw driver.

Somalia’s military courts mete out capital punishment to security forces and individuals convicted of taking someone’s life.