Mogadishu, Somalia (Horn Observer) Somali soldiers shot dead two siblings in central Mogadishu on Thursday, police said on Friday in the middle of a public outcry over a growing brutality against civilians in Somalia.
Sakariye Mohamud, 24, and Sowda Mohamud, 22, were shot dead by Somali national army officers at the Dabka junction in Mogadishu. The couple were on their way back from a local hospital where they were visiting an older sister of theirs, according to the family.
“We are evaluating the CCTV films on the way to identify the exact killers. But we have confirmed from witnesses and our investigations are that the vehicle that fired the shots was a Toyota Abdi Bile owned by the Somali National Army (SNA),” said police spokesman Abdifatah. Adan Hassan, to reporters.
Shot in the middle of the traffic jams
Sakariye and Sowda were traveling in a tuk tuk taxi when they both hit each other in the head.
“There is no clear explanation about the motive. We only heard that there was a traffic jam on the road, which led to the police first firing in the air and then firing several shots at the victims. They died from the gunshot wounds,” said police spokesman Hassan. adds.
Police said they were pursuing the killers.
However, the victims’ families expressed some hope for justice, citing a lack of accountability for the brutality perpetrated by state security forces. There have been similar incidents before but no one had been held accountable.
Sakariye and Sowda’s bodies are still being held at the hospital because the family refused to bury them under pressure for justice.
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