At least six Somalis have been confirmed dead among them a traditional leader and four others have been injured after Ethiopian troops stationed at Halgan village, Hiraan region in Central Somalia indiscriminately opened fire on a car where a group of mourners were travelling in.
Its reported that five passengers died on the spot while the other one succumbed to his injuries upon arriving at the hospital. Sources say the soldiers initially stopped the car and searched before the shooting.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian troops has apologised the shooting and described it as accidental.
“We profoundly regret what happen. On behalf of the Ethiopian troops we offer our deepest apologies to the families “, said a statement released by the troops.
Just two weeks ago, Ethiopian troops were on the spot for killing more than 60 unarmed civilians in Bakool region. Several other African Union contingents have been accused of killing unarmed civilians in Central and Southern Somalia. Ethiopia has contributed 4300 soldiers to the Africa Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in 2014.