Bodies, blood, bullets: AU soldiers kill civilians in Mogadishu




MOGADISHU – Four bullet-riddled dead bodies of unarmed civilians have been brought into Madina hospital in Somali capital Mogadishu.

The victims were all allegedly shot and killed by UN -backed African Union peacekeepers after bomb attacks hit its armored personnel carrier near SOS junction in the capital, a witness said.

He says the Burundian soldiers with African Union peacekeeping force carried out Tuesday’s shooting following bomb attack.

“The victims were ordered to be up their hands and then being shot on the head”, he said.

“I think about it is shocking and dreadful incident”, he added.

Tuesday’s shooting was described as a day-time massacre allegedly carried out by African Union soldiers, according to relatives, who spoke to BBC.

“We have seen four bodies, blood, bullets following in the horrific shooting”, relatives said.

The spokesman at African Union troops in Somalia said he was deeply saddened over the hocking incident.

He said its mission would launch an immediate investigation over Tuesday’s shooting and reports revealing that its soldiers involved in the case.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s bomb explosions in the capital.

But, such attacks are often carried out by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group battling the weak-westren backed government of Somalia.

The group, which once controlled much of Somali capital Mogadishu in 2011, wants to topple the government based in Mogadishu.