US air strike in Somalia killed local militia, not al Shabaab

By REUTERS
November 10, 2016 20:25

A September US air strike in Somalia killed local militia forces and not al Shabaab militants as the Pentagon had initially believed, the US military acknowledged in a draft statement obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

The Sept. 28 strike in Somalia's Galkayo area killed 10 fighters and wounded three, the statement said. No civilian casualties were caused by the strike, it said.

Somalia's government had asked the United States to explain the strike, which it said had been conducted against forces of the semi-autonomous, northern region of Galmudug.


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