Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USSOM126

Incident date

April 16, 2018

Location

ليغو, Leego, Lower Shabelle, Somalia

Geolocation

2.71437, 44.50902 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

US forces carried out a strike against al Shabaab militants on April 16th near Leego, an Africa Command spokesperson told the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in early May.

AFRICOM made no mention of civilian harm.

An AFRICOM spokespersons noted that “No terrorists were killed and no equipment was destroyed in this strike.”

Leego is described by Voice of America as a strategic town in the Lower Shabelle region, located 120 kilometers from Mogadishu. Al Shabaab fighters retook the town in August last year (2017).

In a subsequent FOIA response obtained by journalist Joshua Eaton in May 2019, AFRICOM  confirmed it had targeted on this date what it says were “al-Shabaab Fighters”, in the vicinity of Leego, Somalia.

No additional details are presently known for this event.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that the strike took place in the vicinity of Leego (ليغو), for which the coordinates are: 2.71437, 44.50902 Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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

Via email from Africom to BIJ, May 1st,, 2018:

"April 16: In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against al-Shabaab militants on April 16 near Leego, Somalia. No terrorists were killed and no equipment was destroyed in this strike. "

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Known attacker
    United States Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]