Despite remarkable efforts in restoring peace and order in the country following years of instability and run away insecurity, wanton killings still dominate the headlines in various parts of the country.
In light of this, Goobjoog News has undertaken an initiative to document killings and numbers of those injured every month under the Crime Watch Project which seeks to promote justice and constitutional rights of the 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. Lack of 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, 84 people were killed and 36 others wounded in the month of May 2015. This is an increase from the month of April which recorded 69 deaths and 38 people injured.
The demographic distribution of the victims is diverse including government officials, business people, journalists and ordinary people among others.
The following is the chronology of events in the month of May:
May 3, 2015:.El-Wak district commissioner together with four others including his bodyguards sustained injuries after remote-controlled improvised Explosive Device (IED) hit the car of the DC while passing through the town.
May 3, 2015: Unidentified men armed with pistols gun down a civilian in the main market Bakara, Mogadishu, the assailants escaped the scene..
May 3, 2015: Mohamed Shidane Diriye aka Daqarre, Former Ahlu-Sunna senior official, who has returned from South Africa, was shot dead in Mogadishu’s busy market Bakara.
May 4, 2015: Unidentified gunmen attack one of Mogadishu’s Kahda district officers, Noor Mohamed Ahmed and luckily he escapes unharmed.
May 4, 2015: Unknown gunmen gun down two women in Baalo locality as the assailants warn residents not to bury the two bodies according deputy Hudur district commissioner, Mustaf Adan Hussein.
May 5, 2015: At least one person dies after unidentified gunmen attack police checkpoint in the City of Bossaso, Puntland.
May 5, 2015: Former Custodial corps commander of Jubbaland regional state, Hassan Dhuub was killed at Farjanno Suburb of Kismayo, the administrative capital of Jubbaland.
May 6, 2015: Unknown people armed with pistols killed Mogadishu’s Dharkeyley deputy district commissioner for political and security affairs, Abdifatah Barre Guure in front of his house.
May 7, 2015: At least three soldiers succumbed after heavy explosion occurred in Somalia’s busy market, Bakara.
May 8, 2015: Local Resident Abshir Mohamed Omar aka Dhukane was shot dead in Yaqshid district by unidentified gunmen.
May 8, 2015: Unknown gunmen killed Puntland parliamentarian Saeed Hussein Noor Dirir in Galkayo town of semi-autonomous regional; state of Puntland.
Reports indicate that the late regional MP was gunned down as he stepped out of a mosque after dusk prayer “Maghreb”
Eyewitness near the incident scene confirmed to Goobjoog News that the gunshot followed by two hand grenade explosions which created mayhem among the public close to the scene.
May 10, 2015: At least one soldier sustained injuries after a police car was ambushed by unidentified gunmen which led both sides to engage a brief gun battle Awdal region.
May 11, 2015: Unidentified assailants shot and wounded Abdullahi Mohamed Osoble, immigration department officer in a drive-by shooting in Hodan district of Mogadishu
May 18, 2015: A school girl was shot dead at Benadir junction of Mogadishu and it is not clear who killed the girl and the reason behind it.
May 19, 2015: A public transport driver was shot dead at KM5 junction in Mogadishu after an argument between the driver and a guard at main hotel there.
May 19, 2015: Two have dead after two militia groups engaged gun battle in a place called Beerta Jaadka in Mogadishu.
May 22, 2015: Unknown gunmen kill a fifty year old traditional elder called, Mad Sabarow and another man named Kalifow separately in Baidoa town,
May 23, 2013: Unidentified assailants have killed Omar Ubaxle, who was one of the transport Ministry workers in drive-by shooting on Mogadishu’s Ex-Control Junction according the director of transport Ministry, Ali Ga’al.
May 23, 2015: Soldiers from Somali National Army (SNA) have killed Federal Member of Parliament Yusuf Mohamed Dirir, wounding fellow MP and former Defence Minister Abdale Boss Ahmed in a road rage.
May 24, 2015: At least two dead and two others sustained injuries after two clans militias engaged furious gun battle in Marka town.
May 25, 2015: An active young footballer Ahmed Mohamed Barkade aliases Fatiika was gunned down in Jowhar town.
May 25, 2015: Al-Shabab has executes four Somali men in Diinsoor district of Bay region for allegedly spying on Alshabab.
The four men are
1. Ali Muse Ali aged 26 years accused of spying for Kenya.
2. Hassan Adaawe Mohamed aged 24 years accused of spying for NISA
3. Okaash Ali Hajji, aged 39 years, accused of working with Kenyan Intelligence.
4. Mohamed Noor Ali, aged 40 years accused of having direct links with the government of Kenya and actively working with NISA.
May 27, 2015: At least seven people have been killed after unidentified assailants threw a hand grenade at a restaurant in Jowhar town
May 27, 2015: Unidentified gunmen killed Former Armo Mayor after his car was waylaid at Armo-Qardo road while heading for Qardo town, the provincial headquarter of Karkaar region.
May 31, 2015: Unidentified mutilated dead body of a man was founded on the outskirt of Mahaday town.
The legs of deceased were tied together andhad several bullet scars on hishead.
May 31, 2015: Reports emerging say that An Ethiopian government-backed paramilitary force Lyu police summarily executed 50 most of them being innocent people and 29 of others injured in a week of clashes in villages near Somalia’s border with Ethiopia.