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US says Somalia strike killed 2 civilians

The US military says it killed two civilians in an airstrike against al-Shabab militants in Somalia in last year.

The strike in February 2019 near Kunyo Barrow in the south of the country also injured three civilians, the US military’s Africa command (Africom) said.

Africom was “deeply sorry” about the incident, said Africom chief Stephen Townsend.

Two al-Shabab fighters – the intended targets – were also killed in the strike.

The US has been supporting the Somali government in the fight against al-Shabab for years and has repeatedly launched air strikes against the group.

Africom said it carried out 91 airstrikes against extremist groups in Somalia and Libya between the beginning of February 2019 and the end of March 2020.

According to the report, seven incidents are still under review.

Human rights group Amnesty International welcomed the announcement, but called for further investigations into strikes before February 2019, and for compensation for victims and their families.

Originally published as US says Somalia strike killed 2 civilians

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