Somalia: Two Somali soldiers shot dead in Mogadishu

SOMALIA, Mogadishu: In a photograph released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support team 14 August, a commanding officer gives orders to recently trained members of the Somali National Army (SNA) as they march during a passing-out parade at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) training facility on the western fringes of the Somali capital Mogadishu. 660 Somali soldiers who had recently returned from 8 months training in Bihanga, Uganda, passed out along with 48 elite commandos, following a display of tactical and security exercises which included demonstrations of house-clearing, manning of vehicle checkpoints and explosives detection. The latest batch of SNA troops trained outside of Somalia will now deploy across the country, including one battalion to the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, in continuing operations supported by AMISOM, which has wrested control and liberated large areas and towns of strategic importance across Somalia from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Al Shabaab. AU-UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

Two Somali government soldiers were shot and killed on Thursday afternoon in the capital city of Mogadishu, police and witnesses said.

The deceased soldiers were traveling by minibus through Bakara market when they were gunned down by men armed with pistols, according to Faisa Hussein, a clothes seller in the capital Mogadishu.

Hussein told The Messenger Africa that she saw two men wearing military uniforms hit several times in the head and chest and dead on the ground.

“I ran away when I heard gunshots but when I returned and looked at the soldiers, I recognized that they are dead,” she added.

In a phone interview, Police officer Ahmed Nor Mohamed said that the killers had immediately escaped from the crime scene but a manhunt was ongoing. “We arrived at the scene of the shooting spot and carried the bodies of the soldiers into Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the capital,” Mohamed added.

Separately, at least three civilians were reportedly killed last night by rockets fired by Kenyan forces into two residential areas in Gedo region, according to Goobjoog News. Kenyan forces have been carrying out airstrikes in southern Somalia against Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab militants.

By Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare




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