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10 civilians were killed in joint Somali-U.S. raid

By on August 31, 2017

Somali government officials said on Thursday that 10 men and boys killed in a joint U.S.-Somali raid
were civilians and that blood money will be paid to the families.

“The 10 people were civilians. They were killed accidentally… The government and relatives will discuss about compensation. We send condolence to the families,” said lawmaker Mohamed Ahmed Abtidon at a public funeral held for the 10 in Bariire village on Friday.

U.S. Africa Command had confirmed the presence of U.S. troops in the raid, carried out under the expanded powers that U.S. President Donald Trump granted to U.S. troops in Somalia in March.

Somali forces and African Union peacekeepers had fought to take Bariire village back from Islamist insurgents earlier this month.

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