Six family members killed in Somalia
MOGADISHU — Somali special forces have allegedly shot and killed six members of the same family near Wanlaweyn town of the Lower Shabelle region, about 90 km (55 miles) to the northwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
The victims, all farmers were targeted small village near the town after the special forces carried out an operation targeting Al Shabaab, an al Qaeda linked group, a witness, who asked to be anonymous said.
The operation was executed by the US-trained troops, who came from Balidogle airbase where US military officials train Somali especial forces battling al Shabaab.
Balidogle, an airbase runs by US military officials. It lies some 95 km northwest of the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Somali military in the region was unavailable to comment on the incident.
On 25 August 2017, the Somali special forces backed by US troops shot and killed ten farmers in Barire town, some 60km west of Mogadishu, sparking human rights condemnations.