US forces accused of complicity in Somalia raid that left five civilians dead

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Locals say unarmed men were banana farmers and were killed trying to flee during operation against al-Shabaab extremists

US special forces have been accused of complicity in the deaths of civilians after five unarmed men were killed during a raid by Somali troops last week that they “aided and assisted”.

The casualties were described as banana farmers by local inhabitants, and appear to have been shot while trying to flee the site of the operation, which officials say targeted commanders of the al-Shabaab extremist group.

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