Somalia: Puntland puts surrendered Al Shabaab officials on display
BOSSASO, Somalia, May 12, 2015 (Garowe Online)-Amid unprecedented upsurge in terror attacks, Somalia’s northeastern state of Puntland has displayed three Al Shabaab officials who handed themselves in four months ago in the Gulf of Aden Port City of Bossaso on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.
Mukhtar Abdinur Ahmed, Galgala militants commander, Abdiwajid Ali, terror poet and Gulled Bashir-defected from the group in January according to Puntland Police Force Commander-in-Chief Gen. Mohamed Saed Jaqanaf.
Jaqanaf told reporters that the three admitted to Al Shabaab membership, but sought amnesty from the government.
The display marks the first in recent months as the current administration tries to fend off damaging threats posed by the militants.
Bossaso, Puntland’s most populous city has become a scene for military-style ambushes and nigh raids.
Puntland military court previously handed down dozens of Al Shabaab members death sentences, and life imprisonment.