Despite remarkable efforts in restoring peace and order in the country following years of instability and run away insecurity, wanton killings still dominate the headlines in various parts of the country.
In light of this, Goobjoog News has undertaken an initiative to document killings and numbers of those injured every month under the Crime Watch Project which seeks to promote justice and constitutional rights of the citizens.
We may not be able to document all the killings or cases of injuries due to the scarce resources and sometimes lack of access to the affected areas in the country. Lack of basic institutions in the country such as hospitals, mortuaries and police services which ideally gather such information is also an impediment to getting accurate and up to date data.
According to our records, 66 people were killed and 79 others wounded in the month of February 2015. This is an increase from the month of January which recorded 40 deaths and 29 people injured.
The demographic distribution of the victims is diverse including government officials, business people, journalists, religious leaders and ordinary people among others.
The following is the chronology of events in the month of February:
February 1, 2015: Armed men killed a woman in Suuqa Holaha area of Huriwa district, Mogadishu. Witnesses described the killers as three young men. In Galkacyo a man is killed in a shooting incident after a brawl with another man.
February 2, 2015: Gunmen attacked and killed popular Islamic scholar, Sheik Hassan Sor-Madare in front of a mosque after night prayer in Baidoa
February 3, 2015: Explosives were hurled at a car driven by Mohamoud Ali Yusuf, the accountant for Puntland Finance Ministry. He survived the attack.
February 4, 2015: A soldier guarding an MP shot dead one civilian after an altercation
February 4, 2015: One person died and seven others wounded after car exploded in Karan district, Banadir.
February 7, 2015: Two women who were accused by the militant group Alshabab of spying were publicly executed in Jilib district, Middle Jubba.
February 7, 2015: AMISOM troops in Baladweyne, Hiran shot dead a medical doctor while they were trying to intervene over fighting between two clan militias.
February 7, 2015: Clan clashes in Baladweyn left 10 people dead and 35 others wounded.
February 7, 2015: Siraji Yusuf Sugal, a journalist working for Radio Galkacyo, Kalsan TV and also for Mogadishu based Radio Kulmiye was wounded in southern Galkacyo town after gunman attacked him.
February 8, 2015: Pistol wielding gang killed the treasurer of Afgoye local government Abdullahi Hassan Farey at a food shop.
February 13, 2015: Sports Chairman for Daynile district was gunned down in the district, Abdirahman Yussuf Osoble by unknown gun men.
February 14, 2014: Sheik Adan Abdullahi was killed in his home in Baidao; it was the second such killing of an Islamic scholar in February.
February 15, 2015: An employee for Planning and International Cooperation ministry named Yussuf Mohamed Siyad was killed in Mogadishu after pistol totting men attacked him.
February 16, 2015: Four high ranking airport officials were gunned down in KM4 in broad day light; they were all traveling in the same car after heavily armed men sprayed their car with high caliber bullets. They were Abukar Adani, Civil Aviation manager, Mohamed Ahmed Harun, Hussein Hilowle and Mohamed Kadiye Adan.
February 17, 2015: Gun men killed a well-known traditional elder Haji Gurow, in Baladweyne
February 19, 2015: A traffic cop shot dead a driver in Mogadishu’s Hodan district.
February 20, 2015: Two heavy suicide attacks hit Central Hotel in Mogadishu killing some 28 people including MPs and other government officials and wounding more than 40, one of the wounded was Somalia’s deputy prime minister Mohamed Omar Arte Qalib.
February 22, 2015: Three people were killed in Mudug in different occasions, two others were wounded. It’s unclear who was behind the killings.
February 23, 2015: One woman was killed in an explosion at her coffer shop in Afgoye. Her sister was also killed in the explosion. The shop was popular with government soldier.
February 25, 2015: An unidentified body of a young woman was found in Liddo beach in Mogadishu..
February 26, 2015: One soldier was killed and another wounded after gunmen attacked the house of the governor of Bari region, Abdisamad Mohamed Gallan in Puntland
February 26, 2015: Government forces in Baladweyne killed one civilian in a security operation; they apparently suspected him of belonging to Alshabab
February 27, 2015: Two persons died after explosion at Ali Kamin neighborhood in Mogadishu’s Warta Nabadda District.
February 28, 2015: A young man was stabbed to death in Hamar Weyne district of Mogadishu
February 28, 2015: One person was killed, one captured and another escaped after crossfire between government soldiers and gunmen who later detonated the car they were driving in.
Source: Goobjoog News