Africa Union soldiers shoot dead 10 'camels' in Somalia

AU soldiers shot dead 11 camels in the Somali capital, mistaking the galloping animals for "an opposition attack", residents said.

Africa Union soldiers shoot dead 10 'camels' in Somalia

African Union soldiers shot dead 11 camels in the Somali capital on Saturday night, mistaking the galloping animals for "an opposition attack", residents said.

AU soldiers shot dead camels which ran past the entrance to Mogadishu's airport.

"We thought Islamists and AMISOM were fighting last night, but this morning we just saw 11 dead camels," resident Farah Aden told Reuters. "Each camel had at least 10 bullet wounds -- the whole area was covered with blood."

"We admit there was a mistake and we've spoken to the owners," said Barigye Ba-hoku, spokesman for the AU troops.

"It was our new forces and they were not aware of the camels' movements. They say they were attacked, and so opened fire," he told Reuters.

Violence has killed more than 18,000 Somalis since the start of 2007 and displaced another 1.5 million.

Armed opposition groups who want to impose their own harsh version of sharia law have been battling the country's Western-backed governments and AU forces.


Reuters
Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Eylül 2009, 08:09
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