US African Command (AFRICOM) has issued a statement Tuesday claiming a pair of airstrikes against targets near Debatscile in Somalia. They reported 37 people were killed in the attacks, all of them “al-Shabaab fighters.”
There was no confirmation of the identities of the slain, and al-Shabaab has not issued a statement on the matter. AFRICOM insisted that they do not believe any civilians were killed in the attacks.
Claims of no civilian deaths are virtually omnipresent in AFIRCOM statements, though they don’t always pan out, and it may be several days or even weeks until civilians from the area can get news out and confirm exactly who was killed.
Somalia’s government has also not offered any statement on this matter. This is somewhat unusual, as generally they issue statements confirming that the US strikes were part of joint operations.