Somalia: US airstrike kills telecoms worker
A telecoms company in Somalia says one of its workers was killed in a US airstrike on Monday.
US Africa Command denied any civilians were killed in the operation, claiming the attack killed a member of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group. However, Somalia’s largest telecoms company, Hormuud, says 55-year-old local manager Mohamud Haji Sirad was killed in the attack.
Telecoms worker killed in airstrike
“We currently assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this air strike,” US Africa Command said in a statement following claims that a telecoms worker was killed in an operation.
According to telecoms company Hormuud, local manager Mohamud Haji Sirad was killed when two missiles struck his farm on the outskirts of Jilib, a town currently held by al-Shabaab militants.
The airstrike in question was carried out in coordination with Somalia’s government, which also said an al-Shabaab member was killed in the operation. There was no mention of Mohamud Haji Sirad, a telecoms worker or any civilians being killed in the strike.
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