Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USSOM069

Incident date

February 24, 2017

Location

Hawina, north of Kismayo, Lower Juba, Somalia

Geolocation

-0.355651, 42.545703 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Somali news outlet Mareeg reported a suspected drone strike on an al Shabaab controlled village.

Mareeg reported an eyewitness as saying: “We heard several bomb explosion caused by drone airstrikes in Hawina village.” He added: “It is not clear how many people have been killed or wounded it is very difficult to know the real casualties.”

Hawina is reportedly located within several kilometres of Kismayo in southern Lower Juba province.

In an email to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) denied conducting a strike on this day in the area mentioned.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    United States Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Hawina, a few kilometers north of the city Kismayo. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location of the village of Hawina. However, the generic coordinates for the city of Kismayo are: -0.355651, 42.545703.

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United States Armed Forces
  • United States Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

United States Armed Forces

In an email to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) denied conducting a strike on this day in the area mentioned.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Suspected attacker
    United States Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]