Second mass grave discovered in former Ethiopian army base – APA-Mogadishu (Somalia)

March 22nd, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Relatives and Islamic courts fighters discovered on Sunday five dead bodies from former Ethiopian army base outside Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Four of the five men mostly youths including two brothers were buried in a mass grave near the former compound of Somali correction troops in the southern out skirts of the capital which was housing hundreds of Ethiopian forces for the last two years.

Mohamed Ahmed a relative of those killed who talked to reporters alongside the mass grave identified the men as: Nur Omar farey, Abdi Haashi Ga’al, his brother Abaas Haashi Ga’al, Abdullahi Mohamed Roble and their driver Tahliil Salad.

“They hailed from Afgoye district and were driving to Mogadishu when Ethiopian soldiers captured them, we asked the Somali government authorities to save their lives at that time, but some days later we were informed that they were killed by the Ethiopians” the relative told reporters.

He said that four of the men including two brothers were found in a mass grave while the fifth man was buried separately.

Spokesman for the Islamic courts Union, Sheik Abdi Rahiin Isse Addo who visited the mass grave told reporters that his fighters will investigate all formerly Ethiopian-based compounds and surrounding areas so that the remains of other slain civilians may be searched.

“We know Ethiopians caused heavy damages on our people and this is part of their massacre against Somali civilians, but in the name of Allah they will not be left unpunished we will retaliate,” said the spokesman.

Al-Shabab militants discovered 13 dead bodies over a week ago from former Ethiopian military base about 4 kilometers east of Baidoa, the former seat of Somali transitional federal parliament.

The Ethiopian forces left Somalia in mid January this year marking the end of their two year-long mission in Somalia where they protected the weak TFG from powerful Islamist opposition.

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