African Union forces in Somalia kill 11 civilians: Residents

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Posted: Dec 19, 2016 7:36 AM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — African Union soldiers killed 11 civilians in two separate incidents over the weekend, Somalia residents told The Associated Press on Monday.

Traditional elder Mohamed Hassan said the first occurred when troops opened fire on a minibus in Qoryooley town in Lower Shabelle region on Sunday. All six passengers were killed, he said.

The African Union Mission for Somalia said it was investigating "the unfortunate incident in Qoryooley where civilians lost their lives in an attack."

The force also said on Twitter that it will issue a statement on the other "allegations."

In a separate incident, residents in Marka town said an AU armored vehicle smashed into a home, killing a mother and four children. Resident Ahmed Sheikh Ali said the crash occurred after a bomb attack targeted an army convoy.

Somali officials were not available for comment Monday.

Thousands of African Union troops are in Somalia to bolster the country's weak government, which is facing an insurgency from the homegrown al-Shabab extremist group that is linked to al-Qaida.