AMISOM probes death of 4 civilians in Mogadishu

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-08 03:14:06|Editor: yan
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MOGADISHU, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Wednesday launched investigations into Tuesday's incident involving its troops in which four civilians were killed in northern Mogadishu.

The AU mission regretted the loss of lives and said it will not relent until the truth about the incident that took place near ex-control Balcad is known and justice is served.

"AMISOM has commenced a full-scale investigation and will work closely with the competent federal government of Somalia authorities to determine the full truth about the circumstances in which this violent incident took place," it said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

The shooting occurred after an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion and gunfire targeted AMISOM military vehicle in Heliwa.

Residents who held street protests accused the AU troops of deliberately killing the four people in the area and called on the government to probe the action by the AU soldiers.

The deceased were all drivers of taxis and passenger vehicles who used a nearby depot as a station.

The AU mission said the findings of this investigation will be made public and offered its condolences to the bereaved families.

AMISOM said prior to deployment in the theatre of operations, its forces are always trained and mentored to strictly observe the provisions of international humanitarian law, as well as international human rights law and abide by the rules of engagement governing the conduct of military operations.