AMISOM accused of killing camels belonging to herder
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Yesterday as an AMISOM convoy of armored vehicles was driving near the city of Leego an IED detonated, as a result the AMISOM troops started randomly firing in hopes of shooting the Al-Shabaab fighters behind the explosion. However, in the midst of the chaos and hail of bullets, thirteen camels who were roaming around not too far from their herder were killed.
Camels are prized possessions in Somalia, especially for the nomads and they can also be very expensive, naturally the AMISOM forces now face the anger of the man’s tribe who are now demanding that AMISOM compensate the man for his losses.
According to the government appointed leader in Leego Abubakr Sheekh Hasan, it was indeed the AMISOM forces who killed the man’s camels by accident, contrary to earlier claims that it was Al-Shabaab militants who killed camels. AMISOM however, has not responded to any of the allegations regarding the incident. The camel herder who belongs to one of the local clans in the area is reportedly gathering support from his clan and tribe to pressure the government and AMISOM to pay the price of his lost camels.
According to local news outlets the man who was herding the camels claimed that eight of the camels belonged to him, while the remaining five camels belonged to local orphaned children.
If AMISOM or the Somali Federal Government decide not to compensate the man for his losses, AMISOM forces risk plummeting their already low popularity and support levels.
Similar incidents have occurred in the past, the most known incident being the one that occurred at Mogadishu’s airport in 2009, where AMISOM troops guarding the airport killed camels at night after suspecting them of being Al-Shabaab fighters.