AU troops under probe for killing civilians

AU troopsFrom SAAD MUSE in Mogadishu, Somalia
MOGADISHU, (CAJ News) – THE African Union and Somalia have launched investigations into the killing of at least six civilians by security
forces deployed to fight the Al-Shabaab.
Troops of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) opened fire on a car driving civilians in Qoryooley.
Initial reports suggested the vehicle broke a curfew and defied orders to stop at a roadblock this past weekend.
However, media reports claimed the troops wantonly opened fire at the vehicle killing all passengers on board.
It is alleged there was another incident in Burrow where police shot at a vehicle but there were no casualties.
Troops claimed the vehicle ambushed them but after media reports said this was another wanton shooting, Amison and Somalia’s government said a probe
had been opened.
“Appropriate action will be taken once investigations are complete,” said Lt Col Joe Kibet, Amisom spokesperson.
He said Amisom operated under the international human rights law and took civilian casualties by its troops seriously.
Amisom was deployed in 2007 in response to rising terror acts by the Al-Shabaab.

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