Saturday, August 6, 2011

Starving Somalis shot dead as riots break out over food supplies

Somali government soldiers shot dead seven civilians as a riot broke out at a refugee camp in the capital Mogadishu.

Witnesses claimed the chaos erupted when the soldiers tried to steal some of the 290 tonnes of food rations being handed out to famine victims.

Several refugees then joined in the scramble for food, prompting some of the soldiers to open fire, witnesses said.

"It was carnage. They ruthlessly shot everyone," said Abdi Awale Nor, who has been living at the camp.

Muse Sheikh Ali, another of those waiting for his rations, claimed that seven people were "killed on the spot".

"Then soldiers took the food and people fled from the camp," he alleged. (more)