US military admits death of Somali schoolchildren in recent raid

The US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) has admitted to killing a number of civilians, including schoolchildren, during a recent raid in Somalia.

The attack took place last week, when US Special Forces and Somali troops attacked a school allegedly run by the al-Shabab terror group and killed at least five people in the process.

“Some of those killed in the engagement appear to have been under the age of 18. US personnel were in an advisory capacity and did not fire their weapons,” AFRICOM told Newsweek on Wednesday.

The US military statement claimed that al-Shabab was using the school to indoctrinate children and train them to be terrorists.

According to the terror group’s official, four children and their teacher were killed in the raid. Somali officials had originally claimed that the attack had no causalities.

The US Special Forces have a long record of killing Somali civilians. In November, an investigation by the Daily Beast found that the Washington had tried to cover up the death of at least 10 Somali civilians in a raid by US military forces in early August.

The attack in the southern Somali town of Bariire prompted hundreds of people in nearby areas to stage demonstrations and demand justice for those killed.

The protests continued until the Somali government walked back its claims that the victims were members of al-Shabab, and offered an apology to their families.

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