Somali gov’t soldiers kill 4 civilians at rally

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali officials say government soldiers killed four civilians after opening fire on hundreds of civilians attending a peace rally in the capital.

Mogadishu’s deputy mayor, Warsame Mohamed Jodah, condemned Tuesday’s indiscriminate shooting and said the rally was organized to promote peace and targeted no group in particular.

Ali Muse, the chief of Mogadishu’s ambulance service, says his team collected four bodies.

Mogadishu residents accuse soldiers for the fragile government of daily harassment and sometimes of reckless killings.

Tuesday’s incident came a day after Human Rights Watch called on the U.N. to set up commission to probe crimes committed in Somalia, which has been mired in violence since 1991.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/15/AR2011021501621.html

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