Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

'Civilians killed' in Somali military operation

'Civilians killed' in Somali military operation

The raid which was targeting a suspected terrorist stronghold of the al-Qaeda linked Harakat al-Shabaab terror group near the farming town of Bariire in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia resulted in at least 10 suspected al-Shabaab casualties with an unknown number taken off the target by SNA forces.

USA forces are in Somalia at the request of the Federal Government of Somalia and are committed to helping Somali forces neutralize al-Shabaab and bring stability to the region.

At least 9 people were killed and 2 others were wounded on Friday morning raid jointly carried out by Somali forces and worldwide partners in a farm near Bariire in Lower Shabelle region, officials and witnesses said.

The bodies of the 10 - eight adult farmers and two children -who were brutally killed during the early morning raid by U.S and Somali Special Forces in Barire were today brought to Mogadishu.

The United States Africa Command said in a statement on late Friday that they are aware of the civilian casualty allegations near Bariire, Somalia.

"Military commanders and other government authorities in the region don't know about the operation", Nur said.

Bodies of civilians killed near Barire displayed in Mogadishu
Bodies of civilians killed near Barire displayed in Mogadishu

The Somali government has confirmed that a joint USA and Somali National Army (SNA) security ground operation occurred in the early morning hours of August 25th.

He described the incident as "a real genocide" and blamed the U.S.

"We take any allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and per standard, we are conducting an assessment into the situation to determine the facts on the ground", an American statement added. "We talked to the farmers in the area and instructed them to put their weapons in their homes to avoid confusion". "The individuals shooting at the SNA soldiers were al-Shabaab fighters; they were not farmers", the statement read.

Information Minister Abdirahman Omar Osman, in a facebook post, has said the government has now started to probe the incident which allegedly led to the death of the civilians.

Somalia has been the scene of deadly clashes between government forces and al-Shabab militants since 2006.

The U.S. military says it will look into claims that several civilians, including children, were killed in a U.S. -backed operation by Somalia's army.

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