Friday, September 30, 2011

US Airstrike Kills 21 in Somalia

US drone strike kills 21 in Somalia

Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:38PM GMT

Another unauthorized US drone strike has left at least 21 people dead in southern Somalia, while injuring scores of others ,Press TV reports.

On Friday, a Somali government official confirmed that the US drone had killed at least 21 fighters and injured many more late Thursday night, forcing many to flee the Qooqani and Taabto districts.

This is as recent reports said that a US spy drone crashed near the port city of Kismayo.

The US has recently stepped up its drone operations in the famine-stricken country.

Somalia is the sixth country where US military has engaged in unauthorized aerial bombing campaigns through the use of its remote-controlled aircraft.

The United States has also deployed its so-called drones for aerial attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen.

Washington claims the airstrikes target militants, though most of such attacks have mostly resulted in civilian casualties.

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