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MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali government officials said on Thursday that 10 men and boys killed in a joint U.S.-Somali raid were civilians and that blood money will be paid to the families.

"The 10 people were civilians. They were killed accidentally... The government and relatives will discuss about compensation. We send condolence to the families," said lawmaker Mohamed Ahmed Abtidon at a public funeral held for the 10, who were killed in a raid in Bariire village on Friday.

(Reporting by Feisal Omar; Writing by Katharine Houreld)

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