July, 2019 – Three armed broke into Khamis’ house in Shanta Baraako village, in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region. |They came in the middle of the night using an explosive to the first door and forced the second one out. Then they took Khamis, hooded and handcuffed to another house where with twelve more armed people there.
In a search for the militants, the interrogation took place in the harsh light by the military. Some went outside.
Khamis got to hear the Somali words “Stop! Stop!” Somebody then spoke English. He then heard a Somali word for “shoot” and then a muffled noise.
His sister Waliyo Cali Qaasim was then spotted missing.
She was found less than 10 minutes later, a lifeless body by the road side.
“It looked like she was sleeping,” Khamis said. When he reached her, the body had been cold for some time. His sister had been brutally shot to death. One of the village boys was a witness to the murder by AFRICOM soldiers.
The innocent woman was not the only one to perish that night. Another village resident, Abdikadir Ali, was shot down while patrolling his farm.
Khamis received no support in his pursuit of investigating the case from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
AFRICOM is killing innocent civilians during its raids and getting away with every murder.
Stop AFRICOM bloodshed!