MOGADISHU, Somalia – A military court in the Somali capital has given life terms to two men convicted of masterminding the bombing in February of an airliner which made an emergency landing despite a gaping hole in its fuselage.
The explosion happened aboard a Daallo Airlines Airbus A321-111 shortly after the jet, with 75 passengers, took off from Mogadishu airport.
Abdiweli Mohamed Maow, a former senior security officer at the Mogadishu airport, was convicted of making the bomb that appeared to be a laptop computer. Areys Hashi Abdi was convicted in absentia.
The explosion, claimed by the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, killed one passenger, Abdullahi Abdisalam Borle, who is suspected to have carried the bomb onto the plane. A body believed to be Borle's was found in a town north of Mogadishu.