İrem GÖL -TDO- According to BBC News, the US military has admitted to causing civilian casualties as a result of an air strike in Somalia in February. A statement from US Africa Command said on Monday that two civilians were killed and three injured during the attack. The statement added that the same attack killed two members of the Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.
Amnesty International said the air strike killed a banana farmer and an employee of a telecommunications company. The head of US Africa Command said: “We have the highest respect for our Somali friends and we are deeply sorry this occurred.” Also, by the end of May, a website will be available that will allow people to register allegations of any civilian casualties.
Amnesty International told that the statement was a “welcome glimmer of transparency in more than a decade of deadly military operations that until now have been shrouded in secrecy.” They also called the ability to report casualties on a US website a positive step, but said this would not be available to the vast majority of impacted civilians who lived in remote areas where smartphones and internet access is poor.