Protests As US Admits It Slaughtered 22 Somali Soldiers In Airstrike
The US has said that it carried out an air strike in Somalia yesterday, killing nine fighters from Islamist militant group al-Shabab, the AP news agency reports.
The strike was launched to protect Somali forces who came under small arms fire while going after a bomb-making network in the northern Puntland region, Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis is quoted as saying.
The statement came after the government in the neighbouring Galmudug region accused the US of killing 22 of its soldiers in a strike on its military base near the town of Galkayo.
Galmudug security minister Osman Isse told the BBC Somali service that the US appeared to have acted on wrong information, mistaking its soldiers for militants.
The Pentagon spokesman said the US military was looking into allegations that the people killed in the strike may not have been militant Islamists, AP reports.
Hundreds of people in Galmudug demonstrated against the raid yesterday. They burned US flags, and called on the regional government to respond to the “aggression”.