A man whose father was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Somalia is seeking to hold Germany accountable for allowing the United States to use its territory for military bases that play a key role in overseas airstrikes.
In legal complaints filed in Germany last week, a Somali man, whose name was given only as “C.D.,” described his father “A.B.” as a herdsman who raised goats and camels in southern Somalia, not far off the coast of the Indian Ocean.
According to his son’s testimony, A.B. left home on the morning of February 24, 2012, to graze his livestock – but that night, several of his camels came home without him. The next day C.D. found his father’s body severed in two, near a burnt-out car and several dead camels.
The strike that killed A.B. was apparently aimed at Mohamed Sakr, a London-born alleged member of the Somali jihadist group al Shabaab, who had his British citizenship stripped from him in 2010. By some accounts several other unidentified people also died.