Somalis Protest AU Peacekeepers’ Attack that Killed Civilians

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Hundreds of people, including families of civilians killed by Uganda’s African Union peacekeepers in the Lower Shabelle region staged a protest in Mogadishu on Wednesday, demanding justice for the victims of an alleged “massacre”.

African Union peacekeepers killed 7 people, including 4 farmers and 3 auto mechanics near the town of Golwayn in the Lower Shabelle region on Tuesday shortly after their convoy had been ambushed by militants.

Some of the victims were taken from their farms by the soldiers before being killed and others were repairing a vehicle, their relatives told media.

The incident was not the first of its kind, but African Union peacekeepers often carry out similar extra-judicial killings in the region, some of the protesters said, threatening that they will resort to take up arms to defend themselves if the “massacres” continue.

Somali federal government has not immediately commented on the alleged “massacre” of civilians by AMISOM troops, but the peacekeeping force said it would launch a probe into the incident.

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