Somalia: 12 soldiers, 1 civilian arrested in drive-by shooting probe


MOGADISHU, Oct. 4 — Twelve soldiers and one civilian were
arrested on Sunday as Somali authorities probe a drive-by attack that left
two dead three days ago.

Somali Minister of Internal Security Mohamed Abukar Islow Dualle said the
arrest was aimed at boosting security in the volatile Benadir region
region. “We have taken actions to ensure the security is boosted following
a deadly attack that occurred in this region recently,” he said. “Security
forces captured a suspect with a vehicle believed to have been used in the
drive-by shooting in Hamar-weyne district three days ago.” The secretary of
the country’s National Women Organization and the son of the organization’s
chairwoman were killed in the shooting. “We also arrested 12 soldiers who
were on duty while the murder took place,” Dualle said.He added that two
senior security officers in Hamar-weyne district were fired and
investigations will soon start to establish their culpability in the
killings. – XINHUA