Street FIGHT:Crime
Malaysian Journalist Killed in Mogadishu
Witnesses Report AMISOM Soldiers Fired on Malaysian Convoy
By RASHID NUUNE 09/02/2011
Noramfaizul Mohd Nor
Noramfaizul Mohd Nor

A Malaysian cameraman was shot and killed and a TV3 journalist was wounded by African Union peacekeeping forces (known as AMISOM) in the Somalia capital of Mogadishu on Friday while traveling in a 4x4 vehicle.

The 39 year old cameraman, covering the Putera 1Malaysia Club mission, was killed at Shakhala road as they were returning to their base after touring IDP camps located in parts of the capital.

AMISOM fired upon the Malaysian convoy as they passed one another despite the fact the victims' vehicle was being escorted by soldiers from Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG), according to one of the TFG escort soldiers at the scene who spoke to Somalia Report.

The incident occurred on the road that links the airport and the presidential palace and is the only road used by AMISOM when patrolling the capital. AMISOM's soldiers allegedly panicked after seeing the vehicle trying to enter a junction and may have mistaken it for a suspect vehicle.

Somali Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications Abdulkadir Hussein Mohamed and Interior Minister Abdisamid Mohamed Mohamud were summoned by the TFG President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed to Villa Somalia in order to brief the president over the incident.

Efforts to contact AMISOM have proved futile with virtually no information being relayed by the Somali government or AMISOM. Close source at the scene told Somalia Report that AMISOM forces were aware that the convoy was part of a Malaysian aid group but fired anyway.

His family was notified today of his death.

Lately there has been rivalry between AMISOM and TFG forces when it comes to escorting aid convoys. Aid groups typically prefer to use the security of the TFG forces since, as Somalis, they are familiar with the terrain unlike the Uganda or Burundian AMISOM soldiers.