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US drone kills 11 in south Somalia

Press TV [1]
Sept 23, 2011

A US drone has fired missiles in southern districts of Somalia killing at least eleven people and injuring dozens of others, Press TV reported.

The attack took place early Friday morning near Taabto and Qooqani districts and wounded at least 27 people.

The assault hit a large number of livestocks near Qooqani district.

Many people, especially women and children, reportedly fled their homes over fear of further attacks.

Somali government officials in the capital Mogodishu said they were unaware of the attack and civilian casualties.

Somalia is among countries where the US military has used the remote-controlled aircraft to conduct deadly airstrikes.

The United States has used the unmanned aircraft also in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, and Yemen.

Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The Horn of African country has been paralyzed by violence caused by the battle between al-Shabab fighters and government troops that are backed by African Union forces.