>> These are bodies of Somali farmers that the country's government confirms were shot in a joint commando raid with American soldiers one week ago. Children among the dead, now Somali officials say it was a case of mistaken identity, and have sworn to compensate the families. But in a land wracked by civil war for decades, that's unlikely to calm hearts.
> US forces killed my first born son in 1992. Last Friday they killed 10 innocent farmers.>> The US-Africa Command confirmed on the day of the raid that it's soldiers were involved and it was investigating the incident, but gave no further details. Since then, it hasn't said anything publicly.
Katherine Houreld is Reuters East Africa Bureau Chief.>> We don't know the exact role of the US troops in this raid. We don't know if they fired their weapons, or how much of a role they had in choosing the targets. But we do know that the raid took place under the auspices of expanded powers given by President Donald Trump to US forces in Somalia in March.
Those expanded powers let them mount operations even when they or their allied forces were not in immediate danger from the insurgents.>> The raid is said to have happened just before dawn, and it's known that some farmers were armed. But survivors say it was to protect themselves from a rival clan trying to steal their land.
They also say they never fired on the security forces.>> It's very common for everyone in Somalia to carry weapons, and the government troops had been going to meet this particular community repeatedly trying to tell them to disarm. They had resisted because they said that that would leave them open to attacks from the other clan.
>> US officials have told Reuters that they're facing difficulties in vetting intelligence in Somalia, and one local lawmaker has suggested that a rival group may have told the Americans that the village was full of Jihadists to provoke a response. The village's militia has been on edge ever since an Obama era air strike mistakenly killed ten of their number.
If they break alliance with the government that could change boarders in this contested region.