BOSASO, 4 November 2009 (Somalilandpress) – The first degree court of Bosaso, Puntland capital in northeastern Somalia has convicted six youth suspected of having links with Al-Shabab Islamic Movement. The youth were being held at a police station in Boosaaso town during the past few days.

Four youth accused of being members of Al-Shabab appeared before the court and were sentenced to jail terms of between 10 to 15 years in prison by the judge of Boosaaso court.

The judge of Boosaaso court, Ahmad Garane, read out the names of the six youth as:

Mahmud Sa’id Mahmud
Samatar Mahmud
Deeq Yasin
Ali Ga’amey
Ibrahim Muhammad Shire
Ahmad Abdirazzaq Muhammad

The convicted youth didn’t speak to the media. It is still unclear whether they would appeal against the verdict.

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On the other hand, police in Bosaso arrested a number of youth following security operations held in the neighborhoods of the town. Several youth were arrested and taken to Boosaaso central police station. Some of the arrested youth do not hail from Puntland and were caught impromptu.

The latest development comes after a hand grenade attack at a local police station in the past two nights, although no one has been injured in the attacks.

Reliable sources told Somalilandpress that police were asking the arrested youth about a specific group accused of involvement in robbery and the attempted kidnap of a plane belonging to Daalo Airline Company.

Abdinasir Mohamed