24 August 2013

Somalia: Amisom Denies Rape Allegations

Mogadishu — AMISOM spokesman Colonel Ali Adan Xumud held a press conference in Mogadishu today and addressed several issues including the recent rape allegations by AMISOM troops in Mogadishu.

Colonel Xumud denied the allegations saying that AMISOM troops did not take part or involved in the rape scandal that has rocked Mogadishu in past days of a young lady who was gang raped by the army in the capital.

"AMISOM troops are here to defend the Somali population and not to course distraction" said Xumud.

The spokesman added that a joint committee from the government and AMISOM are still investigating the issue and will decide on what to do after the results is provided by the committee.

On the other hand Mr. Xumud addressed the recent shooting incident whereby a Swedish politician was wounded in a shootout between her bodyguards and unknown gunmen.

Xumud said that the AMISOM troops together with government troops rescued the lady after the shooting incident and handed over the responsibility to the United Nations who flew her to Nairobi.

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