US drone strike kills eight in Somalia
American Predator drone firing two Hellfire missiles (File Photo)
At least eight people have been killed and several others have been wounded in a US assassination drone attack in Somalia, Press TV reports.
Witnesses said the strike happened in Mussa Haji district of south Kismayo town on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent said.
The United States is using a secret airfield in Ethiopia's southern city of Arba Minch to carry out assassination drone attacks in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
The US Air Force has spent millions of dollars to improve the airfield in Ethiopia to accommodate a fleet of Reaper drones that carry Hellfire missiles and precision-guided bombs.
Washington has deployed bombing and intelligence drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen to launch aerial missile attacks.
The US government claims that the airstrikes target militants; however, most such attacks have resulted in civilian casualties.
The raids are conducted under the authority of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.