Two civilians shot dead by AU troops in Somalia
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Two unarmed civilians were allegedly shot and killed by African Union peacekeeping troops in the Middle Shabelle region of Somalia.
The dreadful shooting comes after a roadside bomb explosion targeted an armored military carrier with African Union troops in Burane area near Mahaday town, a witness said.
He says the troops killed two farmers in the area in response to the bomb attack.
It is unclear if any of the AU soldiers was killed or injured in the explosion.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb blast.
The African Union Mission in Somalia has not commented yet on the allegation.
Last year, four civilians were killed by Burundi troops from the African Union force in Somalia, said in a statement released by Amnesty International.
Amnesty International called for an investigation while urging the peacekeeping mission to bring the soldiers responsible to justice.
But, no soldier was brought before the court yet.
“This is very unfair, and we are demanding justice”, said, relatives, who spoke to Amnesty International.
About 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia has been helping the Mogadishu-based government in restoring peace and fighting against al Shabaab.
The group was pushed out of Mogadishu capital in 2011 by Somali army troops backed by African Union forces.
The rebel group also lost most of their strongholds, but it still controls large rural areas and remains the key threat to peace in Somalia.