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US drones kill nearly 100 in single day
Sun Nov 6, 2011 3:19AM
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A US Predator drone firing a Hellfire missile (file photo)
At least 99 people have been killed in a single day in the airstrikes carried out by the US assassination drones in southern Somalia, Press TV reported.

On Saturday, 24 people were killed and several others were injured when the US military launched a terror drone attack on the town of Kuda along the coast of Kismayo, a strategically important port city on Somalia's Indian Ocean coast located some 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of the Somali capital Mogadishu.

The aerial attack followed a drone strike on Bardera city in the southern Gedo region of Somalia. At least 45 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in the attack.

Meanwhile, at least 30 people were killed in a drone attack on Burdhubo town in Somalia's southern region of Gedo on Saturday.

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

On October 28, the United States admitted to flying unmanned aerial vehicles from Ethiopia.

"The US has unarmed and unmanned aircraft at a facility there (Ethiopia) to be used only for surveillance as part of a broad, sustained integrated campaign to counter terrorism," Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby said.

The confirmation appeared a day after The Washington Post revealed in a report that the US flies “armed” drones from an airfield in Ethiopia's southern city of Arba Minch.

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.


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