New York, September 26, 2011--Four African Union soldiers deployed in Somalia have been suspended and
returned to their home country of Burundi for potential trial after an internal
investigation found them responsible for the shooting death of a Malaysian
journalist this month. In a statement
issued today, the African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, apologized for
the shooting, which injured a second Malaysian journalist.
The troops fired on a Malaysian humanitarian aid convoy traveling to its base at the Mogadishu airport, according to witnesses cited in international news reports. Killed in the September 2 gunfire was Noramfaizul Mohd, 39, a cameraman for Malaysia's national Bernama TV who was accompanying the humanitarian mission. Aji Saregar, 27, a camera operator for Malaysia's TV3, was struck in the right hand by gunfire.