Somalia asks US to explain strike that 'killed troops'

    Somalia asks US to explain strike that 'killed troops'

    Sept.30, Puntland: Somalia's government has requested an explanation from the United States for an air raid it says killed 22 soldiers and civilians in the north of the country.

    Officials in the semi-autonomous region of Galmudug said a US bombing killed members of its forces and accused a rival region, Puntland, which is also semi-autonomous, of misleading the US into believing those targeted were members of the al-Shabab armed group.

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    "The cabinet requests the US government give a clear explanation about the attack its planes carried out on the Galmudug forces," a government statement said.

    It also urged both Galmudug and Puntland, which have often clashed over territory in the past, to mend relations, the Reuters news agency reported.

    Washington said the United States carried out a "self-defence air strike" after Somali troops faced fire from al-Shabab fighters. It said nine fighters had been killed but that it was looking into reports others may also have died.

    The United States, a major donor to Somalia's government in Mogadishu, has often bombed al-Shabab positions and commanders in a bid to support the government.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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