Wednesday Oct 26, 201101:24 PM GMT
US drone crashes in south Somalia
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:27PM
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An American Predator drone (file photo)
An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US military has crashed in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya, Press TV reported.


Colonel Aden Dheere, a Somali military official, told Press TV that the remote-controlled drone went down on the outskirts of Dhoobley town, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Kenyan border and about 500 kilometers (312 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Wednesday morning.

He added that at least 15 Somali government soldiers were injured after the aircraft crashed and caught fire. The wounded Somali troops, four of suffering from serious injuries, were later taken to a medical center inside Kenya.

On Tuesday, 29 people were killed and 89 others were injured after a US drone fired several missiles that landed inside Afmadow city, which is located in the middle of the Juba region and 620 kilometers (385 miles) south of Mogadishu.

Somalia is the sixth country where the United States has used remote-controlled drone aircraft to launch deadly missile strikes.

The US military has also used drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen.

Somalia has not had 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.

MP/JR

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