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3 kids among ten die in Somalia raid

27 Août 2017

The raid carried out by Somalian and United States forces in Lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia on Friday left 10 civilians dead, according to local media.

Local reports said at least 10 civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed during the raid by foreign and Somali forces on a farm in southern Somalia.

A statement by the U.S. Africa Command says it is aware of the "civilian casualty allegations" and is conducting an assessment into the situation.

"We also understand that there are civilian casualties in which the Federal Government is investigating to find out the truth about this". The statement from AFRICOM said, confirming that the Somali National Army was conducting an operation in the area with USA forces in a supporting role.

The Somalian army says its forces, supported by USA troops, mistakenly shot dead 10 Somalis, including three children, during an operation near the town of Bariire early Friday morning.

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Irfid said "It was early Friday morning while it was dark, our forces mistook the local farmers as al-Shabab members; some farmers were armed; there was a shoot-out, we don't know who started the shooting and that is how the incident started".

Witnesses told VOA Somali that on the day of the attack, they saw about a dozen white military personnel supporting Somali and African Union forces as the personnel moved into the city. All the 10 people were asleep and I ran for my life. He said the victims were farm owners, workers and their children.

Somalia has been the scene of deadly clashes between government forces and al-Shabab militants since 2006. We shall not bury them.

The deaths raise questions about growing USA military involvement in the Horn of Africa nation after President Donald Trump approved expanded operations against the al-Qaeda-linked extremist group al-Shabaab, often in support of Somali forces. "Their dead bodies were brought to a Mogadishu hospital and anyone can see them if needed" the general said.

This is a clear indication of growing USA military involvement in the Horn of Africa nation after President Donald Trump ordered that operations against the extremist group be expanded, approving more aggressive airstrikes in the country.

3 kids among ten die in Somalia raid