The ongoing slaughter of the innocent continued in Somalia when Ethiopian soldiers blasted the market area in Mogadishu after being attacked by Muslim militants. Anti-government Muslim militants sent some mortars in the direction of Ethiopan troops who were guarding the hilltop complex of Vill Somlia and hit their position. In response Ethiopian forces sent shells hurtling into the Barara market area of the capital which lay below. Seventeen people were killed and dozens were wounded by fire originating from Ethiopian soldiers who supposedly entered their nation to restore law and order from fundamentalist Muslim groups.
Ali Mohammed Siad told Reuters, “We believe the Ethiopian troops targeted Bakara deliberately” even though merchants have hired their own guards to prevent insurgents from using the area to conduct attacks. Somalia leaders have long blamed the Bakar market area for being the source of supplying weapons to insurgents.
Over a year ago the United States encouraged Ethiopia to launch an attack on Somlia in order to get rid of its fundamentalist Muslim government. The result has been hatred towad the Christian foreign Ethiopians from Somalians and ever increasing violence. This is merely another footnote to the dysfunctional foreign policy of George Bush.