Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USSOM086

Incident date

August 10, 2017

Location

Shashweyne, Banadir, Somalia

Geolocation

2.099721, 45.35544 Note: The accuracy of this location is to District level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

District

Airwars assessment

According to a Freedom of Information request obtained by journalist Joshua Eaton in May 2019, this previously unknown US strike took place in the vicinity of Shashweyne, Bandir region, Somalia against al-Shabaab fighters.

In its FOIA response, AFRICOM again confirmed it had targeted what it says were “AS fighters”, in the vicinity of Shashweyne, Banadir region, Somalia.

Separately AFRICOM said it had also targeted an al Shabaab leader that day, again in the vicinity of Shashweyne – which Airwars is reporting as a separate event.

This incident was not previously publicly known. No further details are currently available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al-Shabaab

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that the strike took place in the vicinity of the village or town of Shashweyne in the Banadir region. Due to limited information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location of Shashweyne. However, the generic coordinates for the Banadir region are: 2.099721, 45.35544.

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

United States Armed Forces

According to a Freedom of Information request obtained by journalist Joshua Eaton in May 2019 May 2019, this previously unknown US strike took place in the vicinity of Shashweyne, Bandir region, Somalia against an al-Shabaab leader. The FOIA stated that the target was a "named objective".

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al-Shabaab

Sources (1) [ collapse]