US drone attacks kill dozens in Somalia

American Predator drone firing two Hellfire missiles
Two US assassination drone attacks have left at least 75 people dead and about 80 others wounded in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

The first strike happened in the southern town of Badheere on Saturday, killing nearly 45 people, witnesses said.

In the second attack, more than 30 people were killed in Burdhubo town, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Nearly 80 civilians were also injured in the attacks.

Hundreds of Somali troops entered Badheere following the US assassination drone strike.

The US has deployed bombing and intelligence drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen. Washington claims the airstrikes target militants, though most such attacks have resulted in civilian casualties.

The raids are authorized by the Central Intelligence Agency.

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

( / 05.11.2011)

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