3 August 2009

Somalia: Fire Exchange Kills Four Including Two Civilians

Mogadishu — At least 4 people two of them civilians have been killed near Km4 intersection in Hadon district in Mogadishu after two soldiers exchanged gunfire there in the capital, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Monday.

Residents said that both government soldiers fought and opened fire at each other adding that both of them and two other civilians died for the bullets near Km4, a key junction and a base for the African Union AMISOM troops in Mogadishu.

"As the government soldiers opened fire at each other. The two soldiers suffered for serious injuries and were rushed to Madina hospital where they lately died and the two civilians died there instantly," witnesses said. One of the dead civilians was a taxi driver who was there with his taxi, he added.

It is unclear the reason that both government soldiers killed each other so far and the killing accident seems misunderstanding among the troops of the transitional government in Mogadishu that often causes such accident.

Government troops exchanged gunfire in Zobe, Mama'anka, and parts of Derkenley district in Mogadishu earlier which resulted in more casualties reached the soldiers.

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