Two Ugandan soldiers have been sentenced to death and three others sentenced to 39 years in jail over the death of civilians in Somalia.
The soldiers who were under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) were found guilty following a meeting held in Mogadishu by Ugandan military tribunal.
According to the tribunal, the two were found guilty of intentionally killing the civilians before trying to conceal their crimes. The three others were found guilty in participating the murders.
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The incident is reported to have occurred on August 10th with the soldiers accused of intentionally shooting the seven civilians in a village located southwest of Mogadishu.
They then placed their bodies of mines before detonating them much to the frustration of locals who condemned the incident.
A report from AMISOM confirmed the incident at the time saying that the soldiers were fighting al-Qaida forces. They promised to take action on those found guilty after investigations.
Family and relatives of the deceased welcomed the news after participating in the hearing as confirmed by their spokesman Hussein Osman Wasuge who spoke to the media.
Hussein thanked the tribunal for hearing some of their statements and that the news was welcomed even though they had no lawyer to represent them.