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2 men sentenced to life terms for bombing Somali airliner

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, of a  hole in a plane operated by Daallo Airlines as it sits on the runway of the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. A military court in the Somali capital has given life terms Monday, May 30, 2016 to two men convicted of masterminding the bombing in February of the airliner which made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in its fuselage. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, of a hole in a plane operated by Daallo Airlines as it sits on the runway of the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. A military court in the Somali capital has given life terms Monday, May 30, 2016 to two men convicted of masterminding the bombing in February of the airliner which made an emergency landing with a gaping hole in its fuselage. (AP Photo, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.