Published On: Sat, Apr 16th, 2011

SOMALIA: Gunmen kill 5 in a Mosque in Puntland

LAS ANOD — Gunmen stormed a mosque in the Somali city of Galkayo Saturday and sprayed gunfire on worshippers, killing at least five and wounding 10, security officials and witnesses said.

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It was not immediately clear who the attackers were but the carnage took place hours after a senior official from the ministry of religious affairs of Puntland was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Galkayo.

The shooting occurred at one of the largest mosques in Galkayo, a city divided by a border between the northern self-proclaimed Puntland state and the rival administration of Galmudug to the south.

“Unidentified militiamen stormed a large mosque in northern Galkayo, leaving at least five worshippers dead. It was a horrific act,” said Mohamed Abdullah, a security official.

“Around 10 others were wounded in the attack,” he told AFP.

The silhouettes of armed men in the semi-desertic plains near the central Somalia town of Galkayo (AFP)

“The police reached the area after the attack and are still investigating the matter.”

Witnesses said the attackers, armed with machineguns, entered the Salahudding mosque from two doors and rained bullets on worshippers who were still in the building after prayers.

“I’ve never seen such a brutal gratuitous act, especially in a place of worship,” Abdirahman Mohamoud, a resident who was near the attack, said.

“The bodies of the faithful were lying in a big pool of blood inside the mosque as local residents rushed the wounded to hospital,” he told AFP.

“These men entered the mosque and opened fire indiscriminately on the people. It’s a carnage, everybody in the city is shocked tonight,” said Yusuf Moaliam, another witness.

In 2009, unidentified masked men stormed a mosque in Galkayo killing five Pakistani preachers after opening fire on them.

Source: AFP | 16 April 2011

  • Keni

    First my condolences to the families of those killed. This is very shocking and something strange to us.

  • slander 4ever

    subhanAllah!!! never seen o heard of such evil action inside a place of worship………

  • Saleh

    This is madness ilaahey haloo baryo Soomaliya, since when did we start killing people in a Masjid, No respect for human life, no respect for holly places. May allah bring peace to this part of the world.

  • law

    i never tought our hate for each other, will come to such a deprave level and will sink to a such debt.. my Allah save as from our own self-imposed grotesque way of life

  • mohamed

    Contagiously for whatever reasons the Mogadiscio carnage crisis tend to be punishing the
    breakaway Puntland of the Mudug Regions of Somalia. Probably these latest killings could be
    the results of retributions for atrocities and/or crimes committed and continue to being committed
    by the Puntland Administration warlords. Even Worshippers don't have peace in the places
    of Worship. What then..God knows better.
    Cheers.

  • mahamoud

    waxan jeclaan jiray nin gadhleh waxanan rumaysnaa inuu yahay nin ilaahay ku xidhan.hadda waxan nacay nin gadhleh waxanan u arkaa gacan ku dhiigleh.dhiiga iyo burburka aan naxariista lahayn waxa wadaa waa imaan laawe xalaashaday dhiiga ummadda rumaysana inuu diin ku socdo.diinta islaamku waxay xaaraatimaysay in dhiig la daadiyo waxayna rumasantahay diinteenu in caddaalad lagu dhaqo gaal iyo muslimba

  • middlepath

    walaal mahamoud waa run inuu diinteenu tahay diin haqq ah lakiin cadalad maha inaanu nacno nin walbo gadh labaxa because marka dad aad uu farabadan baanu qaldayna anigu walalahay baa gadh labaxay wa caadi dadka amaan way siiyaan oo rasoolka (saw) ayaa labaxi jiray. Imika masajidkan dad salaada kujiray bay iska dileen insha Allah wa shaheed oo albabaha jenada uu furan. Imika waxa al shabaab iyo wax lamidha wa siysaad uun iyo kursi doon wax kale maha, diighiyocab baa laydhaha oo rasuulka hore uu sheegay waxa imandoona dad sidaas ah wuxuu ubixiyay KHAWAARIJ oo Musliimeenta ayay gaalaysiyaan oo uu horaysiiyaan dilka. Dad diinta ku ciyaraya wayaan, ilahay ha soo hanuuniyo.Quranaaka waxa ku qoron: qof haq dharoo loo dilay waxay lamidh tahay iinsaaniyadi oo dhan la dilay.. wayo ruuxa wax yelin wa haq dharin in wax layeelo.

    Sorry my Somali is bad :)

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