Somali group: 5,960 killed this year

Conflict in Somalia's capital has killed 5,960 civilians this year, a human rights group said Sunday.

 Somali group: 5,960 killed this year
Sudan Ali Ahmed, chairman of Somalia's Elman Human Rights, also said 7,980 people were wounded and more than 700,000 displaced from their homes.

Elman, the country's oldest human rights group, releases monthly reports and has been tallying the death toll in secret after the mayor of Mogadishu banned the organization in October.

"Our staff members are collecting figures and facts about human rights abuses by visiting residential areas and medical centers," Ahmed said by telephone Sunday from an undisclosed location.

Mogadishu Mayor Mohamed Dheere ordered the independent Somali group to close its offices on Oct. 8. Ahmed said his group was accused of spreading "exaggerated and false information" about the country's fragile government.

Dheere could not immediately be reached for comment as his cell phone want unanswered.

Elman Human Rights has 116 staff across the country. The group has tracked the killings of civilians during Mogadishu's near-daily conflict this year and has also reported on violations in recent years.

Several human rights groups have accused the government, insurgents and Ethiopian troops of committing abuses.

Agencies

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