US review: Airstrike in Somalia killed, injured civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Africa Command tells The Associated Press an American military drone strike in Somalia more than a year ago killed two civilians and injured three others. The deaths were confirmed by an internal investigation. They mark only the second time Africa Command has determined that civilians were killed in a military strike in Somalia. Africa Command acknowledged the deaths in a report released Monday. Amnesty International calls the report a “welcome glimmer of transparency” after more than a decade of military operations. U.S. airstrikes against the al-Qaida linked al-Shabab extremist group this year are outpacing 2019 totals. Already there have been 39 airstrikes in 2020, compared with last year’s total of 63.