Somalia: 17 gets death sentence for attack

An official says a military court in Somalia`s breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced 17 people to death for attacking a military base a day before.

Updated: May 17, 2012, 19:01 PM IST

Mogadishu: An official says a military court in Somalia`s breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced 17 people to death for attacking a military base a day before.
Mogadishu: An official says a military court in Somalia`s breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced 17 people to death for attacking a military base a day before.
Sharmarke said today that the defendants confessed to attacking soldiers.
The attack by an angry and armed crowd in Hargeisa on Tuesday killed eight people, including three soldiers, according to Somaliland Defense Minister Ahmed Haji Ali.

The court rejected the defense`s contention that the decision was reached in haste.

PTI