Amnest accuses US of killing civilians in Somalia

Nairobi(SD)-An investigation by Amnesty International revealed that three men killed in a US airstrike in Somalia in March were civilians who had nothing to do with Al shabab.

Amnesty believes the attack violates international human rights law – and called on the US government to carry out a thorough investigation and establish a system where the Somali people can report civilian casualties to US attacks.

The attack took place on March 18 near Abdow Dibile in Lower Shabelle region. The Toyota Surf SUV was destroyed by shelling along with three farmers returning from their farms in their homes in Mogadishu, Leego and Yaq Bariwayne.

Two of the passengers were immediately killed, the driver of the car, Abdikadir Nur Ibrahim, 46 and Brahma Mohamed Hire who was 30years old.

A third man, 46-year-old Nur Ibrahim, was badly burned and died at a hospital in Mogadishu for about three weeks later, after 50% of his body burned.

“The United States government must ensure and conduct a thorough, impartial investigation of all credible allegations of civilian casualties, with accountability to those responsible for abuses and to compensate victims,” was said in the report.

The three men left 19 children behind.

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