African Union troops have reportedly killed four civilians, travelling in a car, in Somalia.
African Union (AU) troops have killed four civilians travelling in a car in southern Somalia, sparking protests. The incident took place near Bulla Marer, 60km (37 miles) south-west of the capital, Mogadishu.
The dead include an 80-year-old woman and her nine-year-old granddaughter who were sick and were travelling to the capital, Mogadishu, for treatment.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said scared soldiers had opened fire when the car failed to stop at a roadblock.
Abdiwahid Ibrahim Maalim, the son of the elderly woman killed, said she and the granddaughter were in the car with two of his friends, one of them the driver, when the troops killed them. Residents of Lower Shabelle have protested, denouncing the killings.
AMISOM confirmed the deaths but said it did not believe the four were deliberately killed. The mission’s spokesman Col. Joe Kibet told press that the driver had defied an order to stop.
AMISOM has more than 22,000 soldiers and police, the majority from six African countries, deployed in Somalia to protect the government there.