US military says airstrike targeting al-Shabab in Somalia killed civilian

US military says airstrike targeting al-Shabab in Somalia killed civilian

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The US military has admitted to killing a civilian and wounding three in an air strike in Somalia earlier this year.

“We believe our operations caused the inadvertent death of one person and injury to three others who we did not intend to target,” U.S. Africa Command chief Gen. Stephen Townsend said.

The original report of the airstrike stated that a member of the Al-Shabaab extremist organization was killed near Glib.

This is the second in the new quarterly report series. After increasing pressure from Somalia and human rights organizations, the United States raised military issues regarding air strikes in Somalia and allegations of civilian deaths.

The Trump administration has significantly increased the number of airstrikes against Al-Qaida extremist organizations in countries in the Horn of Africa, and to a lesser extent, a small number of fighters in Somalia with ties to the Islamic State in the north.

The new statement said there were twelve new allegations in approximately four incidents this quarter. The report states that four incidents are still under review, three of which are from the previous report.

The U.S. Africa Command said that those who wish to file charges can submit them in their native language on its website.

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