Two Al-Shabaab members executed in Somali capital over role in 2018 attack

Two members of an Al-Shabaab assassination cell were executed on Monday. The two were convicted on Monday morning by a military court for carrying out attacks in the capital, Mogadishu.

According to court officials, Anshur Osman, 23 and Mohamed Borow, 25, masterminded several attacks in the capital in 2017 and 2018.

The two were arrested by security forces in early December 2018 when they tried to escape from the scene of a deadly attack which targeted a security checkpoint at the national theatre near the presidential palace. The attack killed dozens, including a prominent journalist.

The two were executed by a firing squad at the General Kahiye Police Academy in Mogadishu.

Somalia remains among a handful of African countries that still apply the death penalty.