Somalia: Two killed as soldiers open fire on bus in Afgooye

MOGADISHU – Two people were killed and four wounded when Somali military soldiers opened fire on a minibus carrying passengers near Afgooye town, which lies about 30 km southwest of Mogadishu.

Tuesday’s incident happened in Warmahan neighborhood after a number of military soldiers opened fire on the minivan after the driver refused to stop, according to a driver, Bube Nuh Nunow.

“I believe that soldiers wanted to rob the civilians on board. This is what they always do. I also don’t stop at their illegal checkpoints outside Mogadishu,” Nunow said.

He added at least two of the passengers had been killed and four others wounded by the military soldiers from the 6th Brigade, adding that all victims were taken to hospital in Mogadishu.

“I believe that soldiers wanted to rob the civilians on board.”

In a phone interview with The Messenger Africa, Colonel Hirabe Osman said that they got the information that their soldiers killed and wounded civilians on board, adding that an investigation had been started.

“We are making investigation into the matter but if this becomes true, the soldiers will be brought into justice soon,” said Hirabe, who is serving as a military officer in the Lower Shabelle region.

Nearly 15 illegal roadblocks have been set up by heavily armed men wearing Somali military uniforms with battle-wagons in areas near Mogadishu, according to drivers.

By Abdirizak Mohamud Tuuryare