CRIME WATCH: Death toll drops in September but number of injured doubles

Despite efforts by the Somali government with the support of AMISOM to beef up security in the country, the death toll in the last three months has gradually gone up.

The casualty sequences as of May, June, July, August September are 82, 144, 161, 190, 147 respectively.

In light of this, under our monthly Crime Watch Project we document the killings and numbers of those injured every month. The project seeks to promote justice and constitutional rights of citizens.
We may not be able to document all the killings or cases of injuries due to the scarce resources and sometimes lack of access to the affected areas in the country. Inadequate basic institutions in the country such as hospitals, mortuaries and police services which ideally gather such information are also an impediment to getting accurate and up to date data.

According to our records, 147 people were killed and 70 others wounded in the month of September 2015. This is decrease 22 % from the month of August which recorded 190 deaths though there is increase in the number of wounded people which doubled this last month.

The demographic distribution of the victims is diverse including AMISOM soldiers, government officials, business people, journalists and ordinary people among others.
The following is the chronology of events in the month of September:

September 1, 2015: Forces loyal to Interim Jubba Administration gun down four suspected Al-Shabaab.

September 1, 2015: Suspected Al-shabab fighters stage attack on military base manned by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) where the group claimed to have killed more than 70 AMISOM soldiers.

September 4, 2015: Al shabaab publicly execute four men by firing squad in their stronghold of Bu’ale town in southern Somalia.

The four men were accused of being agents for Somali government and western intelligence agencies, according to an Al-Shabab court judge who read the verdict.

The identity of the four men shot dead by Al-shabaab militants on accusation of spying for the Federal government and foreign intelligence agencies.

Abdinur Mohamed Abdi , 20, Isse Hussein Ahmed , 50, Faarah Abdulle Ali , 63 and Mohamed Ahmed Ali , 20

They were shot dead by the militants in full view of the public.

September 8, 2015: Unidentified young men armed with pistols gun down school teacher in Dharkeynley district.

The deceased, Abdullahi Ali Hussein (Aaano-gel) was killed on his way to work and the assailants managed to escape from the scene.

September 9, 2015: At least eight people die and more than fifteen others injured in clan clash erupted in Abudwaq town

September 13, 2015: Two young men armed with pistols kill one Somali government soldier in Mogadishu’s main market, Bakaro

September 14, 2015: Suspected Al-Shabab fighters decapitate two residents of Yablane locality whom they accused of being spies for AMISOM troops.

September 14, 2016:  Khat trader named Faysal Baxuur is shot dead in the outskirt of Jowhar town after alighting from a auto-rickshaw.

Later on the administration of Jowhar said that the security forces successfully arrested the assailant.

September 15, 2015: Veteran engineer named Sidow Osman Ali has dies after improvised explosive devices fitted to his car detonate near Mogadishu’s Ansalooti bridge.

September 16, 2015: A convoy escorting two Somalia Federal MPs is attacked in El-ali village in Baladweyne with at least six dead and more than 13 others  injured.

September 17, 2015: Severe drought kills at least 13 people in the Northern Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland amid warnings of Famine in the Horn of Africa nation.

The dead are small children and old, who died of hunger and thirst in parts of the self-declared state. However, the agencies warned that the number of deaths might increase if there is no immediate response.

September 17, 2015: Irate Jubbaland forces kill two traders after landmine attack a day before.

September 18, 2015: A man is allegedly stabbed to death by his wife after a week of spousal disputes between them in Baladweyn town.

Abdi Adan 27, suffered several stab wounds to the chest in a “domestic” incident at his home in Hawo-Taako neighbourhood, according to the administration.

September 19, 2015: Suspected Al-Shabab fighters ambush Kenyan contingent convoy under AMISOM in the outskirts of Badhere town where the group claimed to have killed eleven soldiers.

Goobjoog News cannot verify the claims of the groups and attempts to seek clarification from Kenyan forces did not yield any response.

September 20, 2015: Well known business woman is killed at Ansalooti market by unknown people.

September 20, 2015: AMISOM vehicle knocks down Mohamed Ibrahim Ga’an who was working with military owned radio. The injured man is rushed to hospital.

September 21, 2015: Mohamed Abdulle Karaaf famously known as Suufi Luubaan kills his son by hanging him from a tree.

The slain child was identified as Ahmed Mohamed Abdulle Karaaf but it was not possible to establish why he was killed by his father who is a member of the suufi movement at the local mosque known as Mahfalka.

September 21, 2015: At least 11 people are killed among them two Polish citizens in an explosion at the front gate of Villa Somalia. Four people who were inside SYL Hotel mosque are injured.

September 23, 2015:  At least 15 people die and 12 others injured after inter-clan clash breaks out in Qoriley village located North Burtunle town between armed clan militias displacing hundreds from their homes.

 September 23, 2015: Bodyguards of South-west minister for education kill a man who had mounted a road block on road connecting Buurhakaba and Baidoa towns.

Reports also state that stray bullet killed a woman in the area.

September 26, 2015: At least 3 people, including a soldier are confirmed killed and 10 others wounded in a bomb explosion at a busy restaurant in the port city of Kismayo.

September 26, 2015: At least one person dies and two others injured after SNA soldiers open fire on civilians in Jowhar.

September 26, 2015: Two children from the same family are confirmed dead in deadly blast in Kismayu. Two adult civilians and a soldier also die in the attack.

Confirming the incident, Jubbaland security official Ismail Kheyre Duhulow said an explosive was planted in the hotel which is frequented by security officials in Kismayu.

Up to 12 others sustained injuries in the attack targeting Barni hooyo hotel located near the insurance center where state president Ahmed Madoobe’s inauguration recently took place.

September 27, 2015: A 14 year old, Mohamed Bashiir Ahmed is killed by AMISOM soldier as he was playing football with his friends near a military base in Yakhashid district, Mogadishu

September 28, 2015: Two men armed with pistols gun down a city council officer at Sinay market in Wardhigley district in Mogadishu. By the time of the shooting the officer was engaged in his daily routine of collecting revenues from the local business people in the market.

September 28, 2015: A district commissioner survives attempt on his life after assailants planted an explosive on a road leading to his residence.

Confirming the incident to the local media, Abdirashid Ali Qorleeh of El-Adde district said that although he was safe, he lost one of his body guards in the attack.

September 29, 2015: At least two men clad in Somali National Army attire are killed in the outskirt of Afgooye town after suspected Al-Shabab fighters attacked roadblock.
September 29, 2015: At least three people die after inter-clan clash breaks out in Qoriley village.


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