Kenya’s massacre against Somali civilians; “Another Butchery in Janaay Abdalla”
By; Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) At least seven Somali civilians were massacred while two others were seriously wounded in Janaay Abdalla location, some 60km west of Somalia’s port town of Kismayo on Sunday, officials and residents told RBC Radio.
Seven pastorals men were intentionally shot to death at once and two others critically injured by the Kenyan forces “KDF” in Janaay Abdalla on Sunday noon, Col Adam Hersi, a Somali military officer at Janaay Abdalla told RBC Radio on the phone.
“The shooting came after Al Shabab rebels attacked the town and we resisted them back but as soon as the intense fighting ended and the town were still under our control, the Kenyan forces captured nine pastoral men who were buying sugar at nearby shop and they immediately killed” Col Hersi admitted to RBC Radio.
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Col Hersi added that before the killing of the seven men, the Somali military officials asked the KDF to investigate the men “but they did not listen”
“We heard that the men were arrested before they were shot and we soon asked the Kenyans to probe up them incase if they had any suspicion… Unfortunately they did mistake great..great mistake and they shot the men” he added.
Meanwhile, Muhumad Farah who is the spokesman of Somali National Army in the Lower Jubba region while upset told RBC Radio that the butchered pastoral men were from same sub-clan at the region.
“This is not the first killing of civilians committed by the KDF in this region, they massacred many civilians since they crossed the border in last year.” he said calling the new president of Somalia to intervene the situation to protect the civilians.
“Infact it is too difficult to understand what the objective of the Kenyans is; we as Somali military are dying to defend our people and they are here to kill the innocent people. I call the new president of Somalia to do something” he concluded.
There were no immediate response from KDF spokesperson but AMISOM spokesman, Col Ali Aden Humud told the BBC that he was appalled by the reports of killing and that AMISOM will launch urgent investigation on the case.
The Kenyan forces crossed into Somalia border October last year to pursue onto Al Shabab rebels in Somalia after constant abductions of aid workers alleged to Al Shabab occurred in Kenya but since the offensive started there had been great allegations of KDF’s mistreating against civilians .