The U.S. military said Friday it was assessing reports that Somali army forces accompanied by U.S. troops shot 10 civilians including three children in a raid.
U.S. Africa Command issued a statement saying it was "aware of civilian casualty allegations near Bariire," a town west of the capital Mogadishu.
"We take any allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and per standard, we are conducting an assessment into the situation to determine the facts on the ground," the command said.
The command confirmed that the Somali army was conducting an operation in the area with the support of U.S. forces.
A Somali government official in the region said the joint force killed the civilians on a farm and the bodies were displayed in Mogadishu, but the country's information minister said all the casualties were fighters with the al-Shabaab terrorist group, according to the Associated Press.
The military has stepped up operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia and killed numerous fighters in recent months after being given more authority by President Trump.