African Union investigates shooting death of Somali civilian by one of its military in Mogadishu

File – Somali military in Mogadishu – STUART PRICE / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has announced Saturday the opening of an investigation to determine the motives behind the shooting death of a Somali national by a Ugandan military officer who was part of its deployment in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

In a statement posted on its Twitter account, ATMIS acknowledged that the Ugandan military was responsible for opening fire on the civilian last Friday near Ceelgaabta junction in the south of the city.

The ATMIS, a support force of the Somali government in the fight against the jihadist organization Al Shabaab, points out however that the incident occurred after «an unidentified individual threw a suspicious object at a truck» of the African Union mission.

«This person then attempted to get into the truck, which provoked a response from the ATMIS military,» the statement adds.

Following the incident, dozens of residents of southern Mogadishu took to the streets to block the intersection and demand explanations for what happened from both the AU military and the government, which has yet to comment on the matter.