A US Drone attack in Somalia kills 18 people. The deadly weapon has killed hundreds over the last few months., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
US terror drone kills 18 in southern Somalia
Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:16PM GMT
At least 18 people have been killed and a dozen others injured in an attack by US assassination drones in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.
The causalities come after an unmanned aircraft fired several missiles at al-Shabab positions in the Daynile District in west Mogadishu on Saturday.
Hussein Mohamed Uraag, a Somali military official, confirmed the attack, saying the aerial strike happened early in the morning.
The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia to carry out reconnaissance operations and targeted killings. The US has been using its drones in other countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. The attacks have led to massive civilian deaths.
The UN has slammed the US drone attacks as targeted killing and says they pose a challenge to international law.
Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years and is propped up by African Union troops from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti.