You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

World

  • Iran hangs woman for killing alleged rapist
    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has hanged a woman convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her.  The official IRNA news agency says Reyhaneh Jabbari was hanged at dawn Saturday for premeditated murder.
  • Tunisians skeptical on eve of historic election
    TUNIS, Tunisia – In a raucous cafe in a Tunis slum, men talked in loud voices and paid little attention to the politicians debating on the television mounted on the wall.
  • Macedonian activists hurt in cafe attack
    SKOPJE, Macedonia – Police said about 30 people wearing masks and throwing rocks and bottles have attacked members of a gay-rights activist group in Macedonia, wounding two of them.
Advertisement

Somali official: AU troops killed 7 civilians

MOGADISHU, Somalia – African Union troops mistakenly opened fire on a religious school while pursuing militants, killing five children and two adults, a Somali legislator said Thursday.

Dahir Amin Jesow, who visited the scene of the attack at Leggo village, said all five children were less than 10 years old.

Jesow said the attack in the village 75 miles west of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, took place around 3 a.m. Tuesday. Students of Islamic schools in Somalia often attend class in the early morning.

The AU soldiers were earlier attacked by militants, Jesow said. The African Union Mission for Somalia, known as AMISOM, said it is investigating the incident.

“AMISOM is mindful of its responsibility to minimize civilian casualties during its operations and we have clear rules of engagement to that effect. We are therefore currently establishing the facts and the circumstances around this tragic incident so as to ascertain whether, and to what extent, these rules may have been breached,” said Acting Force Commander Maj. General Salvatore Harushimana in a statement Wednesday evening

AU troops are in Somalia to bolster the country’s weak government, which is facing an insurgency from al-Qaida-linked militants.

Advertisement