Thursday, February 03, 2011

Somalia: Accidental discharge may be responsible for tragedy in Mogadishu

Source: Government of Somalia

Initial findings of a government investigation into yesterday's tragic shooting attack in Mogadishu suggest that one of the soldiers in the incident had accidentally discharged, and hit the victims. At least 17 innocent people lost their lives and more than 50 were injured in the tragedy.

The ministers of Defence, Interior, Health, and Justice who visited the victims at the Medina Hospital have expressed their deep sorrow for the innocent victims and sent its condolences to the affected families.

A criminal probe was launched immediately following the incident and the government has declared its determination that justice is seen to be done.

"Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing and we appeal to the public to exercise patience as they await the full results," a senior police investigator was quoted as saying.

The tragedy underlines the security challenges facing the country following two decades of war, and the government is committed to ensuring the security of the civilian populace and enhancing the training of its military and police forces.

An initial batch of nearly 1000 Somali Army trainees is expected back in the country shortly following the successful completion of their course in Uganda. 500 police recruits are also currently being trained in Djibouti while 200 junior and mid-level police officers are currently taking part in a refresher course at the Kenya Wildlife Service camp in Manyani, Kenya.