Monday, February 11, 2013 9:53 am
Report: AU troops in Somalia killed 7 civilians
The Associated Press
The investigation, though, found that the troops acted within internationally accepted rules of engagement during the mid-January incident. It said that the al-Qaida-linked group, al-Shabab, attacked an African Union patrol near a village, and that the soldiers defended themselves appropriately.
The force commander, Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, said he was saddened by the loss of civilian life, but he blamed the incident on al -Shabab, saying that the group demonstrates little regard for the safety of the Somali people.