The US Africa Command said on its website that Sunday’s airstrike in the Hiran region of Somalia was the sixth such attack so far this year.
The United States military has said it killed 27 al-Shabaab fighters in the central Hiran region of Somalia, where the country’s military and allied forces launched an offensive against the group last month.
one in Statement On Wednesday, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said it conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab fighters who were carrying out an attack on Somali military forces near the town of Bouolobarde on 18 September.
AFRICOM said no civilians were injured in “the largest combined Somali and [African Union Transition Mission in Somalia, ATMIS] Offensive operation in five years”.
The United States has been conducting air strikes for years against al-Shabaab, an armed group affiliated with al-Qaeda in Somalia.
According to AFRICOM, Sunday’s strike in Bulobarde, about 200 km (125 miles) north of the capital Mogadishu, was the sixth recorded so far this year. Website,
Residents of the Hiran region say al-Shabaab’s homes are set on fire, wells destroyed and civilians killed, with demands for taxes amid the worst drought in 40 years, prompting locals to fight with the government as paramilitary Inspired to form a group.
Earlier this month, al-Shabaab fighters killed at least 19 civilians and destroyed trucks carrying food aid in an attack in the area.
Ali Abdullay, a community leader in the city of Beledwene, told The Associated Press news agency over the phone that al-Shabaab had made life so miserable for residents that they had to fight back.
“Al-Shabaab has burnt our villages, blew up our wells and boreholes, destroyed telecommunications towers, planted IEDs. [improvised explosive devices] and killed civilians indiscriminately,” he said. “So there’s no option left but to face them.”
Al-Shabaab has fought Somalia’s central government for more than a decade to establish its rule based on a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
An ATMIS spokesman and Somalia government officials did not respond to requests for comment from Reuters news agency about Sunday’s airstrike.
ATMIS has not publicly acknowledged any role in the operation, which was carried out by a local elder who captured 10 villages off al-Shabaab in recent weeks.
Rights activists have previously accused Washington of concealing its campaigns in Somalia in secrecy, potentially diluting accountability for incidents involving civilian deaths.
In April, US lawmakers introduced legislation to prevent civilian casualties during US military operations and to increase transparency around such incidents.
The bills require the Pentagon to improve investigations into civilian deaths, establish a database for such investigations, and create a center to advise the US government on “best practices for preventing, reducing, responding to civilian harm.” Will be
The law also calls for an unclassified report on how the US Department of Defense “distinguishes between combatants and civilians in United States military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya and Yemen since 2001”.
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