MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – 6 civilians including a mother and her 3 children wounded in a US airstrike in Al-Shabaab held Kunyow-barrow town in the Lower Shabelle region, US-AFRICOM has said it was behind the attack.
Residents in the town of Kunyo-barrow say the attack occurred around 7 PM Sunday evening when US drone fired several missiles into a residential area. Two civilian houses in the area were completely destroyed as a result of the attack.
Six people including four children and two women were wounded in the attack, according to residents. Of them were a mother and her three children hit by shrapnel from two missiles that landed inside their home.
The strike was claimed by the US Africa Command, which says it had targeted Al-Shabaab militants.
“In coordination with the Federal government of Somalia, US Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting Al-Shabaab terrorists in the vicinity of Qunyo-barrow, Somalia, May 17” AFRICOM said.
AFRICOM asserted that the airstrike killed two Al-Shabaab terrorists and that no civilians were harmed, but residents report otherwise, corroborated by photos circulated on social media featuring children and women sustaining injuries from the attack.
This is adding to the ever-increasing civilian casualties caused by US airstrikes in Somalia. Rights groups earlier condemned the campaign, calling for the US military to take swift stance on deliberate attacks against Somali civilians.
Hundreds of Somalis have been killed, many more wounded since the US military embarked on its air campaign in Somalia that was purportedly designed to target members of the Al-Shabaab armed group, which carries out deadly attacks against foreign troops, Somali government officials and other high-profile targets.
Here are some of the photos circulated on social media, showing children and women wounded in the US airstrike in Kunyo-barrow.
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