Government forces accused of killing 6 worshippers in a mosque attack
Mogadishu (Harar24) – At least six people are believed to have been killed and five others injured when gunmen wearing military uniform attacked a mosque in the village of Muri in the Lower Shabelle province.
According to the residents of Muri, which is situated between Afgoye and Marka, the gunmen entered the mosque around 8-pm when the last prayers were finished, and opened fire indiscriminately on those inside the mosque killing six of the worshippers, four of whom were attending study circles at the mosque. The attackers also injured five others whose states remain unknown.
Clan elders of the town including the chief of the local Biyomal clan, Ugaas Ahmed Sayid Ali, have accused the gunmen of being part of the government forces who were acting based on clan disputes and sought revenge.
“We know that we were attacked by government forces, they were behind this attack. They attacked us on behalf of their respective clans who are feuding with us. We have evidences to prove that they were government forces and to back up our claims” said the chief Ahmed Sayid Ali who spoke to local media.
Clan based atrocities have been rampant in the Lower Shabelle, residents have often accused gunmen of being part of the government forces, however what concerns locals and others the most, is that this attack was against worshippers in a mosque, which many Somalis deem as a red line that’s been crossed.
This attack comes less than a month after eight clan elders from the same biyomal tribe were massacred near Burhakaba town in Bay region, after gunmen wearing military uniform ambushed their vehicle.