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October records lowest deaths in the year, government troops attributed cases rise

Storyline:National News, Security

The month of October has seen the number of deaths and injuries significantly reduce much more than any other month of the year.

Despite the decrease of the casualties, 16 % of the deaths recorded by Goobjoog News occurred in the hands of either the government or African Union backed forces, AMISOM troops.

Six people were shot dead by government soldiers, one person hit and killed by a convoy carrying Benadir governor, SNA technical vehicle over run two sibling and lastly AMISOM vehicle hit and killed a civilian.

The casualty sequences as of May, June, July, August September, October, are 82, 144, 161, 190, 147 and 59 respectively.

In light of this, under our monthly Crime Watch Project we document the killings and numbers of those injured every month. This project seeks to promote justice and constitutional rights of 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. Inadequate basic institutions in the country such as hospitals, mortuaries and police services which ideally gather such information are also an impediment to getting accurate and up to date data.

According to our records, 59 people were killed and 69 others wounded in the month of October 2015.

This is a decrease of 40 % from the month of September which recorded 147 deaths and 1% decrease of those wounded in last month.

The demographic distribution of the victims is diverse including AMISOM soldiers, government officials, business people, journalists and ordinary people among others.
The following is the chronology of events in the month of October:

October 4, 2015: At least two civilians died and ten others injured after inter-government forces clashed in Bullo-Hawo town.

October 4, 2015: A government soldier kills his comrade and two other civilians following a heated argument.

October 6, 2015: At least three people were killed in a quarry collapse just one kilometre outside Afgooye town. Tens of workers were at the site digging sand when the sudden collapse occurred.

October 7, 2015: Two guards of Awdal governor died and two others wounded after several unidentified gunmen staged attack on the residential house of the leader.

October 7, 2015: Libaan Osman Elmi, a nephew to Somali president and another officer from Justice Ministry were killed in Wadajir on their way to work.

October 7, 2015: Issaq Madahay, a well-known traditional elder was gunned down in Dharkeynley district after dusk prayers.

October 7, 2015: An unidentified gunman shot and killed one person in a tea shop in Dhusa-mareeb town. A resident in the town who declined to give his name for fear of reprisal said that the killing of the man was revenge for the killing of another man in the outskirt of the town.

October 7, 2015: A football fun was killed in clashes between the supporters of Gabiley and Salal football club in the breakaway Somaliland.

October 7, 2015: One soldier died and two others including a civilian sustained injuries in a landmine explosion in Afgooye’s animal market.

October 8, 2015: Technical vehicle owned by Somali government runs over and killing two small female siblings at Siinka-Dheer locality.

October 8, 2015: Motorcade escorting the former Benadir governor runs over a man, Abdullahi Kaakow in Madina Mogadishu.

October 9, 2015: A journalist named Abdinasir Hersi Idle knocked down by a car in Mogadishu.

October 10, 2015: At least 4 soldiers died and 14 other sustained injuries in a road accident in the outskirts of Eeri-Gaabo town.

October 11, 2015: At least one football fan was killed in Borama after supporters of two clubs Awdal and Maroodi-Jeeh after police opened fire over claims they chanted the Somali national anthem.

October 16, 2015: A Kenya teacher who had been kidnapped by suspected Al-Shabaab militants rescues in a daring joint operation between the Somali National Army and the Kenya Defence Forces in Shaba-Difu, 15 kilometres inside Somalia. One of the abductors dies during the operation while four others escape.

October 16, 2015: A man was stabbed to death after a quarrel with another man over water disputes in the outskirt of Qardho town in Semi-autonomous regional state of Puntland.

October 16, 2015: At least five female passengers were raped and robbed by gunmen who mounted roadblocks along the road connecting Mareeray to the other parts of the region.

October 18, 2015: An aviation official was killed in Wadajir district, Mogadishu by unknown assailants.

October 19, 2015: At least 14 died and 20 sustained injuries after clan clashes erupted in the outskirts of Baledweyn town.

October 20, 2015: Armed men beat up a journalist named Ahmed Muse Sakaro in Burao town of the breakaway Somaliland.

October 21, 2015: Armed men gunned down a prayer announcer (Muadin) of Mosque in Abudwaq town.

October 24, 2015: A Djiboutian soldier opened fire on his colleagues killing two and wounding three others at Lama-galay military base in Beledweyne. The soldier was alleged to be having mental problems.

October 24, 2015: AMISOM vehicle knocked down and killed a deaf man in Mogadishu.

October 25, 2015: Somali government forces killed an auto-rickshaw driver at Suuqa-Beerta in Mogadishu.

October 26, 2015: A policeman killed an auto-rickshaw driver after an altercation at Dabka Junction.

October 27, 2015: Government forces killed a driver at KM4 after he turned down their order.

October 29, 2015: Clan clashes over land tenure claimed 13 lives and injured 11 others in Qayid locality of Galgaduud region.

October 31, 2015: At least four people including three Somali government soldiers sustained injuries after bomb went off inside a tearoom at Daynuunay location 25km from Baidoa town.