Witnesses blamed African Union officers for having killed four civilian people in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, November 6, after they started shooting when their guard was hit by a roadside bomb.
Nearby individuals claimed that a heavily armored African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) guard opened fire in the wake of being hit by improvised explosive devices. The episode happened in the Huriwa locale in the north of the city.
An aggregate of six individuals were hit in the episode, as per a jouranlist report, which refered to local people as saying that troops for a couple of minutes denied Ambulance vehicles access to the injured.
Amisom said in a tweet that its convoy had “experienced two IED blasts in the Soqola zone” – part of Huriwa area.
“The primary blast harmed an Amisom vehicle and made minor wounds the driver” and the second IED “detonated rashly, causing no harm or wounds,” the tweet said.
But Amisom made no mention of the shooting, which witnesses said involved Burundian members of the force.
Many of angry demonstrators rampaged of Huriwa, burning tyres and calling for the killers to be brought to justice.
“These innocent victims have been slaughtered by the Burundian officers without reason and we are requesting that the administration react to this persecution,” said Mohamed Warsame, a relative of one of the victims.
Some nearby individuals debilitated to bring matters into their own hands.
Some local people threatened to take matters into their own hands.
Xasan Ugaas Maxamed, a traditional elder warned: “If the government does not act in regard of this incident, we will not live side by side with Burundian soldiers in harmony, and we know how to fight.”
One protestor, Abdulahi Mohamed, said: “We were protesting in solidarity with the victims and we need justice for these innocent victims, if nothing is done, we will take justice with our own hands.”
Neither Amisom nor Somalia’s internationally backed government were available for comment on the incident, but Mareeg reported an African Union spokesperson as saying an investigation would be launched.
It is unclear who was responsible for the roadside bomb attack, but Al-Shabaab has been fighting to overthrow the government of Somalia for over a decade. Despite losing towns and territory in recent years the group continues to carry out regular bombings and armed raids on government, security and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere.