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US drone attack kills 21, injures 72 in Somalia
US Predator drone firing two Hellfire missiles (file photo)
US Predator drone firing two Hellfire missiles (file photo)
Wed Sep 5, 2012 6:27PM
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At least 21 people have been killed in the latest attack by US assassination drones in Somalia’s southwestern region of Gedo, Press TV reports.


According to local military officials, over 72 others were also wounded in the incident which took place in Buur Dubo town on Wednesday.

Further details regarding the incident have not yet been released.

The US military uses remote-controlled drones in Somalia for reconnaissance operations and targeted killings.

Washington has been carrying out assassination attacks using the unmanned aircraft in other countries including Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, and Yemen.

The United States claims the CIA-run strikes are aimed at militants. But witness reports and figures offered by local authorities indicate the attacks have led to massive civilian deaths.

The UN has condemned the US assassination drone strikes, saying they pose a challenge to international law.

The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years, and is propped up by a strong African Union force from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti.

Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia remains among the ones generating the highest number of refugees and internally-displaced persons in the world.

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