At least three civilians have been killed and 8 others are reportedly missing in the southern Somali village of Galweyn after troops from the African Union opened fire on unarmed residents, local residents said.
The troops allegedly locals and arrested eight others after roadside bomb hit its armourd convoy in Lower Shabelle.
Elder Noor Mohamed Adaani said the soldiers killed three men and eight other residents arrested.
“Three locals (Mohamed Makow, Yussuf taliyow and Mohamed Ali) have been killed by AMISOM soldiers… they also arrested eight others.. the soldiers invade the village one of their vehicles ran over landmine” elder Noor said.
Many residents have fled the part of the town where the incident took place, locals said.
This is not the first time the troops have been involved with incidents like this. Last year they were accused by residents and officials of firing on protesters in the town injuring at least six people and damaging dozens of properties.
Last year, Human Rights Watch, the US-based rights group, said the AU troops gang-raped Somali women and girls as young as 12 and traded food aid for sex.