At least 28 people have been killed after US remote-controlled drones
launched an aerial attack in southern Somalia near the border with Kenya,
Press TV reported.
Witnesses told Press TV that the unmanned aerial vehicle fired several
missiles at Jamame town, which is situated in Somalia's southern region of
They added that dozens more people were also injured in the strike.
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
"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,
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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