Somali soldiers kill protesting colleague

2011-06-10 18:03

Mogadishu - A witness says a Somali government soldier protesting the anticipated removal of the country's popular prime minister was killed by fellow soldiers in the capital.

Protester Faysal Abdullahi said on Friday several bullets hit the soldier in the face and neck as he shouted pro-prime minister slogans in Mogadishu's Dharkinley neighbourhood.

Abdullahi said the soldier was wearing army fatigues and held aloft the picture of Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

The soldier's death is the second since riots erupted on Thursday in Somalia's capital.

A new accord extending the government's term by a year requires Mohamed to resign in a month. Mohamed is popular with many Somalis because he has managed to pay salaries to government workers and soldiers, and has fought corruption.