Relief SCENE:Security
TFG Soldier Reportedly Shoots IDPs
2 IDPs Killed, 4 Wounded in Shooting Over Relief Aid
By AWEYS CADDE 12/07/2011
At least two Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) were killed and more than four others were injured, including women and children, after a soldier from Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG) fired on drought affected people in Tarbunka village of Hodan district in Mogadishu on Wednesday afternoon.

An eye witness told Somalia Report that the soldier tried to loot relief aid meant for the displaced people, and the people tried to protect the aid. He added that the soldier was ordered there as part of an operation to protect the aid and IDPs.

“When the relief food was brought to the area and the people waiting for it, the soldier tried to take the food. When the IDPs wouldn't let him, he fired. I saw two people who were killed and four others who were injured, two women, a child and one man. It is a sad moment for us,” an eye witness Ali Omar Abdule.

TFG security forces reached the scene and captured the soldier.

Somalia Report tried to contact TFG officers, including the Hodan district chairman, but no comments were available.

Bandits and Al-Shabaab fighters have been known to dress in uniforms of the TFG, but that does not appear to be the case today.

Local IDPs have recently complained that TFG troops have harassed IDPs and looted their food aid.

TFG soldiers who have previously fired on IDPs in an attempt to loot aid have been arrested and executed for their crimes.