‘Peacekeepers’ fire at Somalian civilian homes

This is a video of a Somali peace demonstration in London, Britain.

From British daily The Morning Star:

African Union fire hits civilian homes

(Sunday 25 January 2009)

MOGADISHU residents accused African Union (AU) troops in Somalia on Sunday of indiscriminately shelling their homes after an attempted suicide bomb attack on an AU base.

At least 22 people were killed in the car bomb blast and ensuing battle on Saturday.

Hodan neighbourhood residents said that several homes had been hit by artillery fire just minutes after the vehicle blew up.

Witness Adam Abdi said: “We are civilians. We don’t have weapons, yet we are caught in the middle of the fighting from the African troops who allegedly came here for peacekeeping.”

Two people were reportedly killed and two mosques hit during clashes between guerillas and AU soldiers.

AU forces, comprising 3,400 Ugandan and Burundian soldiers, have often been targeted by Islamist guerillas since deploying to Mogadishu.

Uganda is to expected to deploy a battalion of about 700 soldiers to the country by the end of the month.

Ethiopia, which sent troops into Somalia in late 2006 to prop up the weak transitional government, pulled out of Mogadishu earlier this month. The crumbling Western-backed government now controls only the parliamentary seat of Baidoa and a few areas in Mogadishu.

Last month, the president resigned after months of government infighting. The Somali parliament is due to choose his replacement today in Djibouti.

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