Corpses of the ten farmers killed displayed in Mogadishu
Somalilandsun- We are aware of the civilian casualty allegations near Bariire, Somalia. We take any allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and per standard, we are conducting an assessment into the situation to determine the facts on the ground.
This is per a statement issued by the US Africa Command from its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany following the death of 10 farmers, killed during a counterterrorism operation in Barire, Somalia.
The Americans Were reacting to the death of 10 farmers among them 2 children who were brutally slain during a raid by U.S and Somali Special Forces in Barire, and subsequently taken to Mogadishu where they were shown to the media by relatives and Medina Hospital officials
This was informed by Somali Update adding that one of its reporter who witnessed the bodies said the ten bodies had fresh bullet wounds some on their heads and chests, while some had broken rips.
Relatives said the joint American and Somali forces attacked early on Friday (today) nearby farmlands outside Barire, about 60 Km northwest of Mogadishu where they killed everyone on their sight.
“They indiscriminately shot all the people. These victims are farmers who were working at their farm within their homesteads.” said Ahmed Gabow, a relative to one of the deceased read more
The statement acknowledging the deaths and US military involvement read
By U.S. AFRICA COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, United States Africa CommandStuttgart, GermanyAug 25, 2017
Quote –Civilian casualty allegations in Somalia
We are aware of the civilian casualty allegations near Bariire, Somalia. We take any allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and per standard, we are conducting an assessment into the situation to determine the facts on the ground.
We can confirm that the Somali National Army was conducting an operation in the area with U.S. forces in a supporting role.
U.S. forces are in Somalia at the request of the Federal Government of Somalia and are committed to helping Somali forces neutralize al-Shabaab and bring stability to the region-unquote