Amnesty International has accused the United States of killing three civilians with an air strike in Somalia and failing to investigate reports that they were farmers and not linked to the al-Shabaab terrorist group.

The amnesty said on Tuesday that its investigation found that the three who died in an air strike on March 18 in southern Somalia, innocent despite the announcement of the African-American leadership "AFRICOM" that they were extremists.

The rights group said that "AFRICOM" did not provide any evidence to support its argument that the three were armed.

She accused the US military of not investigating reports that the dead were innocent, despite its promise to do so, or to make any effort to contact their families.

The organization said it had spoken to 11 people about the March 18 strike, including colleagues and relatives of those killed when their car was targeted in Lower Shabelle, southern Somalia. .

The United States has stepped up drone strikes in Somalia, targeting what it says are al-Shabaab fighters, linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS in Somalia.

But Amnesty says civilians were among the dead, adding that it has documented more than a dozen cases of innocent deaths by US air strikes.

Source: "AFP"

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