Somali security forces accused of executing a local Mogadishu cleric
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Somali security forces have been accused of executing a religious cleric during a security operation in Mogadishu’s Dharkinley district as he was delivering a lesson to students.
Sheikh Hassan Sheikh Ahmed, a well-known cleric in the Dharkinley district, was attacked by security forces who pulled him out from his teaching circle, who thereafter executed him outside the mosque according to eyewitnesses.
The commissioner for the district, Adan Mohamed Omar, confirmed the incident, stating that the security forces were indeed involved in the unjust killing of the cleric. He further added that a member of the security forces who partook in the operation and is being accused of carrying out the execution is in custody.
Sheikh Ahmed, the father of the killed cleric, who spoke to the media expressed his sorrow to the brutal murder of his son, and cast doubt over the district commissioner’s claim that the perpetrator was in custody, calling it a “mere cover to the crime”.
This incident comes at a time of a series of killings in the city of Mogadishu, with dozens of people killed during this week alone, including two young female teachers at a local daycare. Security forces who have been carrying out search and security operations have been accused of brutal methods and carrying out extrajudicial executions by many.