US terror drone crashes in Somalia

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By Manju Shukla
Date  4 Feb 2012
non-UN-sanctioned US assassination drone has crashed into a refugee camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Refugees and soldiers in Mogadishu's Badbado camp say they watched the unmanned aircraft crash into a hut on Friday.

Shortly after the incident, forces from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) closed down the refugee camp, which is in the Dharkenley district of southern Mogadishu, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.

Somali government officials and African Union forces found the drone after the crash and took it away.

A police officer told the media that the drone was shaped like a small plane.

The US is using a new kind of drone, called a kamikaze drone, in Somalia. It functions both as a missile and an intelligence-gathering reconnaissance aircraft.

Washington has increasingly turned to unmanned aircraft to carry out covert strikes in several countries, such as Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia.

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama confirmed that the United States used the unmanned drones in Pakistan and other countries.

In reply to questions about the use of terror drones by his administration in a chat with web users on Google+ and YouTube on Monday, the US president said, “a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA”  Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The US says the operations target militants, although surveys show most of the victims are civilians.

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