AU forms inquiry team to Probe killing of civilians in Lower Shabelle

The African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia said it was investigating reports that civilians who was ran over by one of its Armoured Personnel Carrier vehicle outside Mogadishu.

According to Somali police, African Union Transition Mission in So.alia (ATMIS) convoy ran over a civilian man in Elasha-Biyaha, outskirts of Mogadishu. The man sustained injuries, and the Police took him to hospital where he succumbed to injuries.

In a statement,  Atmis said its convoy while returning to Mogadishu was involved in a tragic road accident at Elishabiya in the Lower Shabelle region when a civilian crossed between two armoured vehicles and was knocked down.

“Immediately after the accident, people started to gather around the convoy and blocked the road. Local authorities including officials from the Somali Police Force, the Governor of Lower Shabelle and the District Commissioner were called to the scene and negotiated for the release of the convoy,” the statement said.

The statement said African Union Mission in Somalia expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased.

“And has since set up a preliminary investigation team to work closely with witnesses, government, and local authorities to investigate the deeply regrettable accident,” the statement said. “The findings of the investigation team will be presented to a Board of Inquiry.”