US drone strike kills 29 in Somalia
Fri Oct 7, 2011 4:36PM
A US drone strike has killed 29 civilians in Somalia. (File Photo)
A US drone strike has left 29 Somali civilians dead as violence continues to intensify in the war-torn Horn of Africa nation, Press TV reports.
The Drone attack also left more than 28 injured near the southern town of Qooqani, 100 kilometers from the town of Afmadow, near the port city of Kismayo.
Shortly after the attack, Somali troops entered the town. A heavy exchange of fire broke out between al-Shabab fighters and Somalia troops.
Meanwhile, reports indicate that Somali troops have captured the town of Qooqani, leaving dozens of al-Shabab fighters dead.
Drone strikes in Somalia make the lawless state the sixth country where the US military has used remote-controlled aircraft to conduct such lethal strikes.
The US has now employed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen to launch aerial bombings.
Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.
Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia remains one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world.