At least 7, including children killed in Somalia airstrike – official


BELEDWEYNE (SMN) – At least seven civilians, including children, died in a new airstrike in central Somalia amid a ground military offensive by the Somali army against Al-Shabaab.


The residents in the Hiran region reported that the air raid took place between Fidow and Qura’ley villages which lie on the Hiran-Middle Shabelle regions’ crossing border.

The area, where the jets bombed is a stronghold of Al-Shabaab and the civilians bore the brunt of the foreign and local forces’ attacks aimed to recapture locations under the group.

Speaking to the media, the deputy Mahas district commissioner confirmed the deaths of the seven villagers as a result of the strike believed to have been carried out by the US military.

He called on the military both the Somali and the US to consult with local administration before conducting any airstrike to save the lives of the people in Al-Shabaab-held areas.

The US often carries out airstrikes in some parts of Somalia, when the army of the country carries out operations against the areas where the Al Shabaab organization is located.


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