Somalia’s information ministry is now noting “civilian casualties” in a security operation after at first denying allegations that 10 people, including children, were killed.
A new and corrected statement says “it appears that there were different security operations” in the area. The original statement said eight al-Shabab extremists were killed in the operation early Friday in southern Somalia.
The U.S. military confirms it supported a Somali army operation and says it will look into the allegations of civilian deaths.
The U.S. military says it will look into claims that several civilians, including children, were killed in a U.S.-backed operation by Somalia’s army.
A statement by the U.S. Africa Command says it is aware of the “civilian casualty allegations” and is conducting an assessment into the situation.