Joint government and Ethiopian soldiers shot dead more than 40 civilians after they dismounted them from civilian vehicles in southwestern Mogadishu witnesses and elders said.
It was the latest in a series in which The Ethiopian and Somali troops have killed civilians who have come too close to troops wary of attacks by rebels.
The troops have pulled up civilian vehicles at Arbiska area near Afgoi district ordering the passengers to drop down from the vehicles where some of the handcuffed travelers were shot dead while other were shot dead in the vehicles they were traveling.
« When the vehicle was stopped the soldiers, fearing an attack, arbitrarily fired on it, » it said. The man died later of his wounds.
Dozens others were wounded in that attack those were rushed to Mogadishu hospitals.
No comments could be reached from the government/Ethiopian officials on this incident.