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AU Troops Killing Civilians in Somalia

African Union peacekeepers are seen in the Deynile district of the capital Mogadishu, Somalia.  Local Somali officials have called on the African Union mission to launch an investigation into two deadly incidents over the weekend allegedly involving peacekeepers.

Mogadishu, Somalia —African Union troops are stationed in Somalia to provide security, train Somali security forces, and aid local forces against Islamist al-Shabab militants.

However, it seems this unique and noteworthy assignment is going wayward day in and out, as some members of the troops are now turned to killing the innocent civilian population they are there to protect.

Per reliable sources, Somali officials are accusing the African Union peacekeepers of killing 11 civilians in two separate incidents over the weekend.

Per sources on the ground, the AU troops opened fire on a minibus near the town of Qoryooley on Saturday, killing six civilians. 

The governor of Lower Shabelle region, Ibrahim Aden Najah, informed several global news networks that an armored vehicle belonging to the AU ran over some homes late Sunday after a landmine blast hit an AU convoy at El-Wareegow village near Marka. He said a mother, three children and a baby were killed in the incident.  And he called on the AU mission to launch an investigation.

“AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) told me their troops were on patrol when they encountered the minibus. They suspected it as a car loaded with explosives, so they opened fire on it, killing all those on board,” the governor told VOA.

The deceased children were between 6 months and 14 years old, the governor said.

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