13 March 2013

Somalia: More Dead Bodies Turn Up On Mogadishu's Streets

Photo: Stuart Price
A man and woman walk through a deserted street in Mogadishu (file photo).

Mogadishu — Mogadishu residents are even more apprehensive after more dead bodies were left as public displays, in the streets of Daynile district on Wednesday, Garowe Online reports.

Four young men's bodies were found in the neighborhood of Gubta in Daynile district Wednesday morning, According to Gubta residents, the men were shot repeatedly in the head as residents presume they were killed where they found.

Somali authorities quickly closed of the scene as they began their investigations to the killings of the four men. The authorities did not comment on the bodies nor have they released the names of two men found dead in Yaqshid district.

Two men were found in two different locations in Yaqshid district both shot to death, one of them, shot repeatedly in the head as well. Authorities have yet to release a statement on the gruesome murders.

The four bodies left as a display on the street, has sent chills through Mogadishu residents who have been accustomed to relative stability over the past year. One Mogadishu resident told GO that whoever left the four bodies on the street were trying to instil fear.

"That's a clear example of fear tactic, it's the onus of the government to stop this before it gets out of hand," said Omar Ahmed Isse a Hamarweyne resident.

Al Shabaab hasn't claimed responsibility for the killings. While some Al Shabaab partisan websites accuse the Somali Federal Government (SFG) of carrying out the killings.

There are unconfirmed reports circulating that one of the victims left in the street had been arrested by the national forces but later was released after pledging that he left the terror network.

Meanwhile on Wednesday evening, a officer of the Somali National Forces was killed by unknown a gunman in a busy street corner.

Al Shabaab has no exposed foothold in Mogadishu, however security analysts say that there is rampant Al Shabaab infiltration in Mogadishu. A problem the Somali Federal Government promises to tackle.

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