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Four soldiers arrested after girl, 9, shot dead in Mogadishu

Four soldiers have been arrested in Somalia after a nine-year-old schoolgirl was shot dead in the capital, Mogadishu, police say.

Deqa Dahir died and another girl was wounded when bullets hit their school bus while it was stuck in a traffic jam, Amnesty International said.

Soldiers opened fire in an apparent attempt to clear the road for their vehicle, the rights group added.

Somalia’s president met Dahir’s family as public anger over the shooting grew.

The nine-year-old was buried on Thursday, two days after she was killed.

She was a first-year school pupil, and was returning home happily, eating ice cream, when she was killed by what appeared to be a stray bullet, reports the BBC’s Ahmed Adan from Mogadishu. She was shot in the head and died instantly.

Her mother, Safiya Mohamed Hooshow, demanded justice from the government of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

“I demand from the government to bring the murderer in front of me,” she told BBC Somali.

Her father Dahir Moalim Ali Farah told Amnesty: “It was shocking to see the dead body of my daughter.”

“My 11-year old son, who was also in the bus with Deqa, came home crying and shouting and told us that she had been shot dead. I ran to the scene of the incident, where I was told the body of my daughter was taken to Masaarida hospital,” he said.