Turkish court issues arrest warrant for al-Shabab leaders

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An Ankara court has ruled to issue an arrest warrant on five Ethiopian al-Shabab leaders as part of a probe into a suicide attack on the Turkish Embassy, which killed an embassy personnel in Mogadishu in July last year Hurriyet Daily News reported

Ankara public prosecutor will also apply to INTERPOL to issue a red alert on the suspects after determining that the attack was held upon their leaders' instructions.

On July 28, 2013, al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants staged a suicide attack on a Turkish Embassy annex, killing one Turkish guard and wounding three others.

Ankara's Sixth Penal Court ordered the arrest in absentia of Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed, the leader of the terrorist organization, Sheikh Mukhtar Robow, the deputy leader, a senior commander Fuad Mohamed Khalaf, the spiritual leader Hassan Dahir Aweys and Hassan Abdullah Hersi al-Turki, another senior leader.

During the attack police officers who guarded the Turkish Embassy annex, housing Turkish diplomatic staff, managed to kill two assailants but a third attacker detonated a vehicle laden with explosives.

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