AMISOM regrets death of a civilian outside its base


The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif has expressed his deep regret over today’s accidental shooting of a civilian outside the AMISOM base in Mogadishu.

The incident happened when AMISOM troops manning the gate tried to stop a truck driver as he approached the gate. The driver did not heed the command and an AMISOM soldier at the gate fired several warning shots before attempting to deflate the vehicle’s tyres. Unfortunately the bullet ricocheted off the ground and hit the driver who succumbed to his injuries as he was rushed to the AMISOM hospital.

“I wish to express my regret over this unfortunate incident. We are currently investigating the circumstances and will take any appropriate action in line with African Union procedures. AMISOM is mindful of its responsibility to minimize the impact of its operations on Somali civilians and we have clear rules of engagement to that effect.” Said Ambassador Annadif.

The AU Special Representative condoles with the family and friends of the deceased whilst reiterating AMISOM’s commitment to support the Federal Government of Somalia in ensuring the safety and sanctity of the lives of the Somali people.

Source: Bar-kulan