MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali police have arrested two Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers who are accused of killing two siblings in Somali capital, Mogadishu, move that triggered public outrage.
Zakariye Mohamud Hussein and Sowda Mohamud Hussein killed on Thursday evening after soldiers in a military vehicle fired to clear traffic jam.
The victims who were traveling in auto-rickshaw were reportedly out to get some food for a relative who was undergoing treatment at a city hospital when they were killed, sources said.
Sources confirmed that the vehicle escaped the scene.
In a statement, Somali police have confirmed that two soldiers were detained following more than 24-hour manhunt in the capital.
“Somali police have succeeded in apprehending the suspects involving in last night’s shooting which caused death of Zakariye Mohamud Hussein and Sowda Mohamud Hussein. The suspects, Abdiwael Moalim Aden and Dayah Nur Abdi Aden is currently in custody and will be arraigned in a court,” the statement reads in part.
The police vowed that they take action against the armed bodyguards who used guns to ease traffic jams, urging the public to cooperate with the law enforcement.
“The Somali Police is committed to protecting the lives and property of Somali people, and we urge the public to remain vigilant. work with the Somali Police Force, ” the police said.
The development comes hours after a government soldiers killed a passenger in Dharkeynley district.
Security forces in Mogadishu have previously been accused of opening fire on autorickshaws in Mogadishu on traffic.